Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 64, January

An Interview with James F. Amos
JFQ: On a number of occasions, you have remarked that you were surprised to have been selected as Commandant. How has your perspective changed now that you are sitting as the Commandant? General Amos: I was surprised because we've got 235 years...
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A Saudi Outlook for Cybersecurity Strategies Extrapolated from Western Experience
In the 21st century, countries across the globe have come to rely on complex computer networks that form the infrastructural backbone of even the most basic necessities of life, including electric power grids, global finance, food distribution, medical...
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Assessing Chinese Intentions for the Military Use of the Space Domain
The continuing rise of Chinese political and military power has made Americans increasingly suspicious of China's intentions in the space domain. For many, the 2007 antisatellite (ASAT) test was the smoking gun that proved China's ultimate desire to...
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A Transformation Gap? American Innovations and European Military Change
Despite being the subject of copious volumes, a succinct description of military transformation is hard to come by. To some, transformation is about technology; to others, it is about doctrine; and still others see transformation as a shift toward...
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Executive Summary
During my military career, I was fortunate enough to serve for a number of years in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Airborne Early Warning Force as both an aircrew and a staff officer, eventually serving at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers...
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From the Chairman: Moving Forward Together
With good reason, we are a proud force. The 10 years since 9/11 stand among the most searing in our military's history. We have persevered through a decade of war, keeping our homeland safe and advancing our national interests abroad. Our all-volunteer...
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"Going Out" Is China's Skillful Use of Soft Power in Sub-Saharan Africa a Threat to U.S. Interests?
In iron ore-rich Gabon, the Chinese will build not only a railway from the mining territory 500 miles inland to the country's main port, but also a deep-water export terminal and a hydropower dam.(1) In copper-and cobalt-rich Uganda, China is building...
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How Are Great Leaders Made? Lessons from the Career of General John Shalikashvili (1936-2011)
Speaking at an August 6, 2011, memorial service for the recently deceased General John Shalikashvili, former Secretary of Defense William Perry described the general as a superb military leader, a Soldier's Soldier, an exemplar in civil-military relations,...
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Integrating Human Rights and Public Security: The Challenges Posed by the Militarization of Law Enforcement
In the wake of an attack against the military in the Mexican state of Michoacan in May 2007, soldiers went on a 3-day rampage. According to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, members of the armed forces arbitrarily detained and held 36 people...
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Joint Force Development Vision: Adapting to New and Future Realities
It's clear we have work to finish in the current conflicts and it should be just as clear that we have work to do in preparing for an uncertain future. Our work must result in a joint force that is responsive, decisive, versatile, interdependent, and...
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Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn: A Model for Joint Experience, Training, and Education
Operation Odyssey Dawn began on March 19, 2011, under the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1970 and 1973, (1)which authorized states, among other things, to take necessary actions to protect Libyan civilians from government...
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Military Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula
The two Koreas have had a long Thistory of military confrontation, and there is little reason to expect that relations will improve in the near future. Over the last few years, both the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic...
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Security Cooperation: A New Functional Command
We will continue to rebalance our military capabilities to excel at counterterrorism, counter-insurgency, stability operations, and meeting increasingly sophisticated security threats, while ensuring our force is ready to address the full range of...
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Slicing the Onion Differently: Seapower and the Levels of War
Significantly, this strategy requires new ways of thinking--about both empowering individual commanders and understanding the net effects of dispersed operations. --A Cooperative Strategy for 21st-century Seapower (1) For most of history, generals...
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SpaceCRAF: A Civil Reserve Air Fleet for Space-Based Capabilities
In a May 2010 speech at the Eisenhower Memorial Library in Abilene, Kansas, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates predicted a new future for the Department of Defense (DOD) after a "gusher of defense spending" that followed the attacks of September 11,...
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Targeted Killing, the Law, and Terrorists: Feeling Safe?
In a 2004 New Yorker article, Malcolm Gladwell explored the unprecedented spike in the number of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on American roadways. (1) The popularity of SUVs is based, in part, on the perception that they are safer for the consumer...
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The Civil-Military Gap Need Not Become a Chasm
When the United States won its independence from Great Britain, the American people had an underlying mistrust of large standing militaries, an attitude that continued down through U.S. history. This attitude was codified in Article I, Section 8, of...
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The Future of Influence in Warfare
Information plays a prominent role in the history of U.S. warfare. From Win-field Scott's courting of the Catholic Church in Veracruz in 1847 to George Creel's Committee on Public Information in World War I, military and civilian leaders have long...
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The High-Energy Laser: Tomorrow's Weapon to Improve Force Protection
Think about the current laser designation capability used to direct precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to destroy an enemy target. Now, imagine replacing that laser designator with a high-energy laser (HEL) weapon that emits enough thermal energy to...
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The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command: A Rarity within the Conventional Force
Over the past decade, the Department of Defense (DOD) has watched the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), which was initially conceived as the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) prototype, mature into a fully functioning joint command...
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Total Commitment to the Total Force
As the newly appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, I would like to use this inaugural column to introduce my position and communicate several important points. First, allow me to express my professional appreciation and gratitude to...
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U.S. Strategy in Southeast Asia Power Broker, Not Hegemon
The narrative of a U.S.-China rivalry for influence in Southeast Asia already dominates popular and academic commentary on the region, suggesting that efforts to enhance U.S. engagement there have been effective in signaling that the United States...
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War Is a Moral Force: Designing a More Viable Strategy for the Information Age
A thought is a thing as real as a cannonball. --Joseph Joubert Since World War II, the United States has spent far more on national defense than any other country. In fact, America currently spends nearly as much on defense as the rest of the...
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