Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 36, December

Airpower and the Reserve Components
Technically, the Air National Guard (ANG) and the Air Force Reserve (AFR) were born soon after the Air Force itself with the passage of the National Security Act of 1947. In troth, the roots of both Air Reserve components (ARCs) go back nearly to the...
A Vision for the National Guard
Despite assaults on U.S. citizens and facilities abroad and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the warnings of many within the intelligence and defense communities that the Nation was vulnerable to terrorist attack were insufficient to...
A Word from the Chairman
The U.S. way of organizing its military is commonly called the Total Force. This all-volunteer force is composed of citizen soldiers and active duty personnel. This mix gives the advantage of a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Both components...
Communique
Issue 35 was the farewell publication for Robert Silano and Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hays, USAF. After more than a decade of dedicated effort, Bob retired from Government service as editor, Joint Force Quarterly. He responded to General Colin Powell's...
Information Operations as a Core Competency
The United States fields the most capable military the world has seen. Some are concerned that the Nation will settle into complacency and wait for the historic norm--for the high cost of military failure to stimulate change. Such repose would be inconsistent...
Landpower and the Reserve Components
The Army Reserve components--the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR, established in 1908) and Army National Guard (ARNG, established in 1936)--have distinguished themselves throughout the Nation's history. Both served proudly in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam,...
Reconsidering Asymmetric Warfare
A new security concept emerged on the American defense-planning scene several years ago. Asymmetric warfare was worked into the 1997 National Security Strategy. Analysts and major defense documents have since described the more vexing and menacing...
Reserve Components: Looking Back to Look Ahead
Few policy issues are as complex, controversial, and in flux as those concerning Reserve forces. That was particularly true during the Vietnam War and, because of what happened there, during the following quarter century. At this juncture, when not...
Responding to Chemical and Biological Incidents at Home
It is 5:30 on a cool, still evening in Washington. There is a slight haze due to the rush hour traffic. It is getting dark and a thermal inversion is holding the haze in place. A tanker truck pulls to a downtown curb. The driver turns on the flashers,...
Seapower and the Reserve Components
After the United States was attacked on 9/11, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Reservists did not wait for President George Bush's mobilization proclamation of September 14, 2001 to spring into action. Within minutes, Coast Guard Reservists reported to...
The Continuum of Reserve Service
Faced with the competing demands of providing an affordable national defense and maintaining the all-volunteer character of the military, defense policymakers on every level must seek innovative solutions. Transformation is the order of the day. An...
The National Guard and Homeland Defense
Joint staff officers and force commanders involved in joint homeland security operations inside the United States will need a thorough understanding of the National Guard. They may have mobilized Guard units operating under their command and control....
Transforming Reserve Forces
The Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) is the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all matters relating to the Reserve components and provides independent and timely advice and recommendations on the challenges they face. The Secretary...
U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard
The catastrophe of 9/11 marked the beginning of earnest mobilization and reconstruction operations but with a new twist. Such operations became just as cogent for active duty soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coastguardsmen as operations in Afghanistan,...
Vietnam: Building and Sustaining People's Defense
In the fifteen years since the establishment of the national renewal policy, called doi moi, Vietnam has emerged from socioeconomic crisis characterized by extensive and debilitating rates of poverty and unemployment into a regional power experiencing...
You're Not from around Here, Are You?
Know thy enemy. That adage has been repeated since armies first clashed on the field of battle. Understanding enemy intentions, tactics, and vulnerabilities is an essential part of warfare. But it is also necessary to know your friends. Making enemies...