Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from Summer

A Medley of Books. (the Chairman's Gouge)
This issue of Joint Force Quarterly presents a new occasional column, "The Chairman's Gouge." In the spirit of jointness, I am using a Navy/Marine Corps term of art for this contribution; gouge, meaning either a scoop or essential information. The...
A Word from the Chairman
This issue of Joint Force Quarterly starts its 10th year of publication. Over the past decade the journal has become widely read among both military professionals and defense analysts in this country and abroad. As such, it serves as an influential...
Defending the Homeland: An Historical Perspective. (the Global War on Terrorism)
The emphasis on homeland security over the last year has generated intense interest in a range of possible threats. Understandably, the current focus has been on civil defense, with concern for protecting innocent populations from weapons of mass destruction....
Deterring Mass-Casualty Terrorism. (the Global War on Terrorism)
Western governments have become preoccupied with preventing mass-casualty terrorism. The American-led campaign against al Qaeda has shown that the preventive strategies most likely to succeed must focus on disrupting and destroying suspect groups and...
Goldwater-Nichols: Fighting the Decisive Battle. (Joint Warfighting)
A decisive battle in American military history began on the morning of February 4, 1986. It was not a conflict of arms, but a momentous clash of ideas and interests in a Senate hearing room. The adversaries were not armed with weapons, but with concepts,...
Invading Sicily a Tale of Branches and Sequels
In July 1943, the Americans and British executed Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. It was the first major opposed amphibious landing since Gallipoli in World War I, a seven-division amphibious assault echelon that made it the largest such assault...
Making the Most of Central Asian Partnerships
Afghanistan demonstrated the global reach and fighting effectiveness of the Armed Forces. Although carrier aviation, long-range bombing, and specialized ground capabilities warrant praise, less noticeable efforts by military leaders and diplomatic...
New Challenges for the Unified Command Plan. (Military Transformation)
The Pentagon released a new unified command plan (UCP) on April 17. It is contained in a classified document that defines military command structure and apportions responsibilities for global operations to unified commands. The Secretary of Defense...
Special and Incentive Pay: Sailing Away from Jointness. (out of Joint)
Two officers walk toward their F-18s. Both are squadron commanders of equal rank with similar responsibilities. Both have sworn to defend the Nation and deserve equal pay for equal work. They eat, sleep, and live on the same carrier, enduring similar...
Strengthening Security at Home. (the Global War on Terrorism)
The events of September 11, 2001, pierced the sense of invulnerability that most Americans had come to expect. Although the feeling of security at home waxed and waned with the perils of the Cold War--from duck-and-cover drills in the 1950s to detente...
Supreme Command in the 21st Century. (Joint Warfighting)
The term supreme command figures in a book by the same title that is too rarely read today: a memoir of World War II by Maurice Hankey. (1) A small, neat, bald man, Hankey was a former Royal Marine officer and model civil servant known to two generations...
Technological Innovations: The ACTD Program. (Military Transformation)
In the 1950s and 1960s, many business firms assumed that they had optimized production. Consequently they removed production from the competition equation. In the two ensuing decades foreign competitors outproduced them. Manufacturing faced a hard...
The Defense Budget: Is It Transformational?
In the Presidential campaign of 2000, George Bush often addressed the need to transform the Armed Forces. Once elected, he gave military transformation a central role in defense strategy. The administration presented its defense budget for fiscal year...
The Evolution of Joint Warfare. (Joint Warfighting)
Joint warfare is largely a phenomenon of the last century. Yet ever since the 17th century, as Western militaries developed into professional, disciplined institutions responsive to their rulers, many states have sought to project power abroad. Technology...
The Fifth Side of the Pentagon: Moving the Coast Guard. (Commentary)
The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor organizations have played a pivotal role in the safety and defense of the Nation for more than two centuries. The modern Coast Guard grew out of a merger of the Revenue Cutter and the Lifesaving Services in...
The Once and Future Revolution in Military Affairs. (Military Transformation)
It is hard to gauge precisely when the current American revolution in military affairs began. It was clearly underway by the mid-1990s. Within the Pentagon, the Director of Net Assessment, Andrew Marshall, claims that Soviet observers of the United...