Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 33, Winter

An Israeli Military Innovation: UAVs
It should not be surprising that Israel has become a leader in military innovation given the demands of national security. Among the technologies that it has advanced are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Even though other nations have conducted experiments...
A Quiet Revolution: Nuclear Strategy for the 21st Century
There is a quiet revolution underway in U.S. nuclear strategy. It is overshadowed by the global war on terrorism, questions over homeland security, and chaos in the international order. It is revolutionary because it reflects many changes in threats,...
Architecting Space Programs
In complex military and intelligence operations, senior leaders must make difficult choices on employing existing capabilities, improving them, and developing new capabilities. Decisions are becoming more intricate because of costs, technology, operational...
Army SOF in Afghanistan; Learning the Right Lessons
The role of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in Afghanistan is currently being scrutinized for lessons on fighting the global war on terrorism. Initial assessments suggest that coordination between land and air forces signals a revolution in military...
A Word from the Chairman
Joint warfighting is constantly evolving in theory and practice. Military and defense professionals train for and expect operations to be joint. To win, we must fight as a team. And combatant commanders plan on joint operations as a matter of course....
Controlling the High Ground
Although Joint Pub 3-14, Joint Doctrine for Space Operations, became outdated only 52 days after its issuance with the deactivation of U.S. Space Command and the assumption of space responsibilities by U.S. Strategic Command in October 2002, it is...
Deterring Attack: The Role of Information Operations
The overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000 was a turning point in Balkan history. It set Serbia on a course to political and economic reform and also boosted international efforts to build peace in Bosnia and Kosovo. And it helped turn the...
Educating Foreign Officers
An editorial published in a British newspaper in 2001 lamented the fact that the School of the Americas at Fort Benning had trained a string of military dictators in recent decades: Roberto Viola and Leopoldo Galtieri of Argentina, Manuel Noriega and...
Finding a Path to Spacepower
Although there has been considerable activity among specialists in national security space since the Bush administration took office, there has only been limited debate on space weapons and their effects. Decisions regarding spacepower capabilities...
Forging Space Warriors
In Enduring Freedom, U-2s are flying over Afghanistan, collecting data, and then sending it back to 9th Intelligence Support Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, where the imagery is analyzed and potential target coordinates are mensurated. The coordinates...
General Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (1914-74) Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
VITA Born in Springfield, Massachusetts; graduated from U.S. Military Academy (1936) and assigned to 1st Cavalry Division (1936-40); company commander, 1st Armored Division (1941-42); battalion commander, 37th Armored Regiment (1942-43); commanded...
Globalizing Space Security
The Nation is losing the information war against global terrorism. Many audiences abroad regard the United States as the aggressor despite the unprovoked attacks visited on New York and Washington in September 2001. Moreover, most of the Islamic world...
Intelligence Support for Military Operations
Joint operations will demand an unprecedented level of intelligence support in the future. Like other aspects of jointness, this asset will not only require improvement but transformation. Moreover, it will require more than keeping ahead of potential...
Joint Doctrine-Engine of Change?
A considerable effort is being made to foster military transformation, much of which is related to the revolution in military affairs (RMA) and its implications for defense policy and strategy. How the military thinks, learns from experience, and trains...
Millennium Challenge 2002: Setting the Mark
New enemies with old grudges are using innovative ways to challenge American leadership around the world. To meet this threat, the Secretary of Defense has given the task of transforming the military to U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). Millennium...
National Security Space: Enabling Joint Warfighting
Although less than fifty years have passed since man ventured into space, the constellations of satellites in orbit have fundamentally changed life oil Earth. Moreover, the exploitation of space, like that of land, sea, and air, has often had an unrecognized...
Some Propositions on Spacepower
At the turn of the 21st century, spacepower remains on unsure theoretical and doctrinal footing. Despite more than forty years as the dominant actor in military space, the Air Force has not found a definitive way of conceptualizing space. It vacillates...
Space and Missile Defense
Since the dawn of the space age, developing space-based systems has never been a purely technological matter. The first orbital satellites raised questions on the legality of overflights and activities in space. The world community turned by habit...
Transforming Joint Exercises and Readiness
In recent years transformation has largely replaced the term revolution to describe change in military affairs. Although assertions about doctrine, organization, and technology that fueled the debate over the revolution in military affairs have been...
Unity of Effort in Joint Information Operations
Although information operations have long existed, it was only recently that joint doctrine began including such multidimensional operations in a systematic manner. In addition, the Nation has yet to conduct joint information operations (JIO) utilizing...
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles and Transformation
Speaking in December 2001, President George Bush noted the changes that are occurring in the Armed Forces as the result of technological innovation: "Now it is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles. We're entering an era in which...