Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 40, January

An Interview with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense
JFQ: One of the first items we were hoping you could illuminate is the difference, both in terms of terminology and philosophy, between homeland defense and homeland security. ASD(HD) McHale: The difference is essentially a distinction between warfighting...
A Word from the Chairman: The 16th Chairman's Guidance to the Joint Staff
As I begin my tenure as Chairman, I would like to share with you the guidance I have provided to the Joint Staff. This guidance provides the Joint Staff with strategic direction while ensuring unity of effort as it supports the execution of my duties...
Chasing U-Boats and Hunting Insurgents: Lessons from an Underhand Way of War
Just over a century ago, a British admiral condemned the newly invented submarine as an "underhand, unfair, and damned un-English weapon." The officer underscored his disdain for the craft by urging that submarine crews be treated as pirates and hanged....
Clausewitz's Theory of War and Information Operations
The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish ... the kind of war on which they are embarking.... This is the first of all strategic questions and the most comprehensive....
From the Editor
Do suicide bombers look both ways before they cross the street? That sounds like the start of a bad joke. The answer is yes, but there is no punch line. Why they look is an essential element of security strategy. Regardless of their motivations,...
Homeland Defense and Security
Defending the homeland has been a historical role of the United States military since colonial militias took up arms to defend settlements in Massachusetts in 1637. In 1789, the U.S. Constitution dictated that the Federal Government would "provide...
Interagency Lessons Learned in Afghanistan
Future conflicts will likely continue to blur the line between war and peace, necessitating close cooperation between groups previously considered the exclusive practitioners of each--soldiers and diplomats. Just as terrorism crosses military, economic,...
NATO Training Mission-Iraq: Looking to the Future
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been called the most successful military alliance in modern history. Achievements in forestalling Soviet expansion in Europe and in conducting the peace and stability operations in the Balkans demonstrate...
North American Defense and Security after 9/11
Canada and the United States fought as partners in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Operation Desert Storm, the Balkans, and most recently in Afghanistan. Our mutual participation in these conflicts and membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...
Technology Force Multiplier for Special Operations
The global war on terror has brought new attention to Special Operations Forces (SOF). Their performance in Afghanistan and Iraq and around the world reflects the high standards they have maintained for years. A relatively small number of carefully...
Terrorism and Domestic Response: Can DOD Help Get It Right
While the Department of Defense has ample manpower and equipment for both its overseas operational needs and any likely domestic response, its organizational structure and lack of integration with other domestic preparedness and response agencies may...
The Air Force's Vector
The sole focus of the Air Force is to carry out national defense policy from the air and space. Its personnel have always played a vital role in helping joint commanders achieve objectives across the range of military operations. Forces operating in...
The Short but Brilliant Life of the British Pacific Fleet
In the long and proud history of the Royal Navy, the largest formation ever to see combat fought under the operational command not of Drake, Nelson, Jellicoe, or Cunningham, but rather of Americans Raymond Spruance and William Halsey. The British Pacific...
U.S. Special Operations Command
Today's U.S. Special Operators are the product of centuries of development of military strategy, tactics, and technology. The Athenians were famous for their mastery of the sea, but their greatest general, Alcibiades, was known for his awareness and...
U.S. Special Operations Command and the War on Terror
On October 19, 2001, U.S. Special Operators were the first forces to bring the war on terror to the enemy in his own back yard as Operation Enduring Freedom began in earnest. Special Operations Forces (SOF) conducted parachute operations, helicopter...
U.S. Special Operations Command: Effectively Engaged Today, Framing the Future Fight
Since its inception, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has been committed to making its role in a current or future fight a success. Conceived from the failed rescue attempt of American hostages in Iran in 1980, USSOCOM would come to exemplify...
U.S. Special Operations Command: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Born from crisis and shaped through experience, today's special operations capability did not come easily. Contemporary Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the product of tragedy, vision, and the innovation of Congress. Unique authorities given to...