Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 48, January

An Interview with Victor E. Renuart, Jr
JFQ: A recent RAND Corporation study called for carving out 9,000 Army National Guard Soldiers to form 10 homeland security task forces, including training and equipping, ahead of the next major natural disaster or domestic terrorist attack. Although...
Applying Lessons of Hurricane Katrina
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the early morning of August 29, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina reached the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi. While the winds at landfall were assessed as only Category 3, the span of destruction and accompanying...
Attacking Al Qaeda's Operational Centers of Gravity
Today, Islamicist organizations are becoming more widespread and diffuse. They often lack a direct connection to al Qaeda's strategic leadership but are inspired by its ideology. Al Qaeda's operational role is subdued, but its ideological, propaganda,...
Austere Recovery of Cargo Gliders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Cargo gliders and their recovery technique offer proven capabilities that can revolutionize tactical sustainment. The technique also provides comprehensive expeditionary resupply that is fast, safe, and economical. This technology...
Counterair and Counterland: Concepts for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The strategic landscape of the 21st century has driven the Department of Defense (DOD) to transform the U.S. military, which requires a shift from legacy technologies and Cold War organizations to more flexible, adaptable...
Creating Shared Situational Awareness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 2007, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its new information-sharing strategy, paving the way for ongoing innovation in efforts to promote and bolster information-sharing. (1) Awareness of the urgency of the...
Fighting Narcoterrorism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With all eyes on the Iraq war and terrorist cells in the Middle East, terrorist activities in Mexico have received little attention from the American public or media. (1) Yet narcoterrorist activities in Mexico pose a danger...
Habeas Corpus and the Detention of Enemy Combatants in the War on Terror
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in an armed conflict that rivals more traditional conflicts in its brutality and carnage. Like other...
JLASS: Celebrating 25 Years of Educating Future Leaders
The academic year is well under way at the Services' senior level colleges (SLCs). At each college, an elective course is entering its 25th year of educating the Nation's future leaders of strategic and operational art. That course is the Joint Land,...
Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
With the backdrop of today's strategic security environment and the prosecution of the war on terror, a wide variety of threats, including international terrorism, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,...
Juridical Warfare: The Neglected Legal Instrument
Joint Force Quarterly should be commended for recognizing the vital relationship between law and national security. (1) For too long, the law has not been understood as a critical instrument of foreign policy. Under the traditional paradigm of DIME...
Major Joint/combined Operations
It takes all our services together plus the industrial efforts of our Nation to win any major war. --General Omar N. Bradley In Western militaries, there is a general lack of a commonly agreed definition and a theory of operations aimed at accomplishing...
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate: A State within a State?
Standing at the crossroads of South, Southwest, and Central Asia, Pakistan is strategically important to the United States. Vice President Richard Nixon recognized the country's significance for Cold War containment in 1953, (1) envisioning it as a...
Priorities and Strategic Objectives of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Following Is an Excerpt from the Chairman's Guidance to the Joint Staff for 2007-2008
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. Develop a strategy to defend our national interests in the Middle East. Our immediate concern remains the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we cannot dismiss the efforts by other state and nonstate actors to foment instability...
Radiological Events in the Homeland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The leadership of al Qaeda has issued fatwas justifying the use of nuclear weapons to bring destruction to the American homeland, and its campaign to recruit those who have expertise and access to radiological weapons is underpinned...
Reconstituting Capability to Conduct a Crisis Nuclear Detonation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In making decisions on future nuclear forces and nuclear test readiness, we are ignoring a vital but decaying capability that could make the difference in deterring an aggressor's use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)....
Rendition: The Beast and the Man
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tortured, incarcerated, and exiled, Niccolo Machiavelli swore never again to allow a throne to perish under the hand of aggression for want of action--bold, insidious action if need be. Left with nothing, Machiavelli concluded...
Rethinking the U.S. Policy on the International Criminal Court
Changes to U.S. strategic policy since September 11, 2001, have shifted the focus of American security efforts toward building and maintaining strategic partnerships, as well as increasing the capacity of partner nations to respond to crises and contribute...
Supporting Homeland Partners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At this writing, a tropical storm floods south Texas. A major hurricane churns west across the Caribbean with a potential landfall along the Texas coast. Wildfires in the Western United States consume nearly 75,000 acres....
The Art of Strategy and Operational Warfare: Getting It Right
Today, the U.S. military approaches war as a corporate affair, requiring authoritative guidance to synchronize thought and action. To harmonize diverse activities toward a shared goal, joint doctrine seeks to provide a common perspective for joint,...
The Defense Implications of Demographic Trends
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Because of its perceived association with national power--economic, military, and even ideological--population has weighed heavily on the minds of state leaders throughout history. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu once...
The Domestic IED Threat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Terrorists have clearly demonstrated both the intent and capability to employ improvised explosive devices (IEDs) worldwide. This tactic has been used by the Irish Republican Army in Britain, insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan,...
The International Criminal Court: A Concept Whose Time Has Not Come
In this issue of JFQ, Commander Brian Hoyt, USN, presents a thoughtful argument that U.S. policy on the International Criminal Court (ICC), established in 2002, should be changed. He maintains that since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon...
The Role of Targeted Killing in the Campaign against Terror
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Targeted killing (1) is "the intentional slaying of a specific individual or group of individuals undertaken with explicit government approval." (2) In recent years, targeted killing as a tactic in the ongoing campaign against...
The Science and Art of Disaster Response by the National Guard
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Response to a domestic emergency to save life, limb, and property of citizens is one of the fundamental roles of government at all levels, but especially at state and local levels. The domestic mission, including the continual...
Underlying Assumptions of the National Security Act of 1947
After 1 1/2 years of struggle it appears that a so-called unification of the armed services will be directed by law within the next couple of days. The proposal for such a move aroused the most intensive campaign of special interest that I have seen...