Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 41, April

America's National War College Sixty Years of Educating Strategic Thinkers
In the summer of 1946, Roosevelt Hall, named for President Theodore Roosevelt, changed from the Army War College to become the home of the National War College (NWC). Beginning in fall 2005, the National War College's 60th Anniversary began by commemorating...
Are We Ready for an Interagency Combatant Command?
As the United States conducts the war on terror, it is evident from experience, doctrine, and strategy that the conflict will not be resolved solely through either military strength or diplomatic maneuvering. The combination of all instruments of national...
A School for Strategy: The Early Years
Washington was in a season of "transition and uncertainty." (1) Emerging as the unmatched global power, supreme in military accomplishments and technological dominance, America was caught short by the emergence of a menacing adversary, one that did...
A Word from the Chairman
Looking back on my first 6 months as Chairman, I am impressed with the ability of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen, who confront challenges such as counterinsurgency and nationbuilding operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, earthquake...
Combating Terrorism a Socio-Economic Strategy
The increased risks and uncertainties of terrorism reduce consumer willingness to spend, particularly on discretionary items and major consumer durables, thereby reducing investment in consumer goods industries and depressing growth. The travel, tourism,...
Custer and Cognition
Opinions are sharply divided about whether George Armstrong Custer was a brilliant tactician or a compulsive risk-taker. Was the massacre at the Little Bighorn the result of his misfortune or his audacity? This article does not aim to settle the argument...
Effects-Based Operations: A Critique
Effects-based operations (EBO) are a spin-off of network-centric warfare (NCW). Hence, many of its premises are largely unproven, if not outright false. EBO and NCW proponents essentially see war as a business. They do not share the Clausewitzian view...
From the Editor
We have a rare hail and farewell at National Defense University (NDU) Press this quarter. In late 2005, Colonel David Gurney, USMC, came to NDU Press as Deputy Director and JFQ Managing Editor--the first Marine on the JFQ staff. Colonel Gurney just...
Integrated Coercive Strategies and the Role of the Air Component
In the late 19th century, Hans Delbruck described war in terms of annihilation and exhaustion. (1) A century later, after the advent of airplanes, access to space, computers, nuclear weapons, computers, and the information revolution, strategists introduced...
Integrated Operations: Executive Summary
Few of our readers know that Joint Force Quarterly is delivered to every general and flag officer within the Department of Defense, as well as to senior leaders throughout the executive branch of the U.S. Government. For decisionmakers, executive summaries...
Integrating Partner Nations into Coalition Operations
Within 48 hours of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation and departure on February 29, 2004, Chilean forces deployed and integrated into a multinational interim force to help secure and stabilize the small, impoverished island nation....
International Colleagues at the National War College
Carl von Clausewitz proposed that the study of the nature of war be approached in three parts--the people and their emotions, the militia with its tactical creativity, and the government with its politics. In this article, I use a similar three-part...
Joint Logistics in the Future
Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics. --Tom Peters, "Rule...
Planning Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq
For planners and bureaucrats, Afghanistan and Iraq appear to present a puzzle. In Afghanistan, on one hand, we had little time for planning; we did lots of innovative things on the cheap; our relatively small, international force has taken few casualties;...
Strategic Planning for National Security: A New Project Solarium
For a country that continues to enjoy an unrivaled global position, it is both remarkable and disturbing that the United States has no truly effective strategic planning process for national security. Fifteen years after the Cold War, the United States...
The "Golden Hour" Standard: Transforming Combat Health Support
Continuous improvement in immediate, life-saving treatment on the battlefield is an institutional obsession within military medicine. Combat medics, corpsmen, nurses, and surgeons return from contingency missions determined to save lives in future...
The Joint Advanced Warfighting School: Creating World-Class Joint Planners
In April 2004, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) announced establishment of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The decision followed months of study and discussions involving...
The Legend of George F. Kennan
Alone warrior, recently returned from his post in war-torn Moscow, sat reflectively at his solid oak desk in the northwest corner of Roosevelt Hall, set quill to parchment, and, with great deliberation, wrote concerning the "The Soviet Way of Thought...