Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 69, April

An Industry Best Practice for the Intelligence Community?
A growing number of businesses use crowdsourcing--that is, they outsource tasks to people outside the organization (1)--in a way that harnesses the capabilities and knowledge of external individuals on a mass scale to create innovative solutions. This...
An Interview with Samuel J. Locklear III
JFQ: President Barack Obama and other officials have called for an increased focus on your command's area of responsibility [AOR] in recent years. Can you describe what you have called a "rebalance" of security strategy and policy in terms of how this...
Brazil-U.S. Relations
The primary challenge the United States faces in the 21st century, according to historian and diplomat Joseph Nye, "is not one of decline but what to do in light of the realization that even the largest country cannot achieve the outcomes it wants...
Command and Control Vulnerabilities to Communications Jamming
If the United States ever has to face a peer adversary in a no-holds-barred fight, we will encounter a serious operational obstacle. The way we command and control our forces is highly vulnerable to disastrous disruption. Modern operations have become...
Democracy Promotion in Oman
Cooperation with and support from the strategically positioned Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are critical to America's stated national interests: security, prosperity, human rights values,...
Executive Summary
Senior military leaders, primarily U.S. Army generals and their individual abilities to lead, were recently examined by the awardwinning journalist Tom Ricks. Some leaders, in Ricks's view, were highly successful, others not so much. I believe that...
Fostering Constructive Dialogue on Military Sexual Assault
At a press conference in January 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated that he estimates there were 19,000 sexual assaults in the military in 2011. (1) That number is derived from a statement in the Department of Defense (DOD) Annual Report...
From Sea Power to Cyber Power: Learning from the Past to Craft a Strategy for the Future
Naval strength involves, unquestionably, the possession of strategic points. --Alfred Thayer Mahan Alfred Thayer Mahan saw the ocean for what it is. While it spans the globe and covers a predominant portion of the Earth, not all parts of it are...
From the Chairman: Risky Business
There is risk in daring. As asserted by NiccolO Machiavelli, "Never was anything great achieved without danger." Every day, the men and women of our Armed Forces dare to be great. Every day, they take risks to achieve something bigger and more important...
Getting It Right to Forestall a New National Security Threat
Security threats to the United States are evolving. For most of the 20th century and before, threats were state-on-state. Since 9/11, however, threats to the homeland have grown to include terrorism and transnational organized crime (TOC) groups and...
Lead Turning the Fight: The Joint Operational Access Concept and Joint Doctrine
Our nation and Armed Forces are transitioning from over a decade of war to a future that presents us with a security paradox. While the world is trending towards greater stability overall, destructive technologies are available to a wider and more...
NATO's Level of Ambition beyond Strategic Reach
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) faces many strategic challenges based on the international security environment. As an alliance at war, not only does NATO have to confront an uncertain future in Afghanistan, but also shadowy threats of...
Perspectives on Changing National Security Institutions
The study of national defense and T international security has long been a core concern of political scientists. International and interstate security issues fall within a political context of trends, public pressures, and global interests. It is thus...
Redefining Information Operations
Whether it is strategic communication, information operations, or cyberspace operations, the Department of Defense (DOD) recognizes the importance of conducting operations within the information environment. Over the past decade, several information-related...
The Future of U.S. Landpower: Special Operations Versatility, Marine Corps Utility
American military landpower, represented by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, finds itself in a period of transition. This phase is characterized by troop drawdowns from the decade-long, manpower-intensive counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan;...
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
By Thomas E. Ricks Penguin Press, 2012 576 pp. $32.95 ISBN: 978-1-59420-404-3 Tom Ricks is no stranger to criticizing the modern crop of generals. A fellow at the Center for New American Security, Ricks decisively established his national...
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
By Thomas E. Ricks Penguin Press, 2012 576 pp. $32.95 ISBN: 978-1-59420-404-3 Tom Ricks has done it again, producing an interesting and useful book. He has two major themes in The Generals. The first is with Army generals today: senior...
The German Military Mission to Romania, 1940-1941
When one thinks of security assistance and the training of foreign troops, Adolf Hitler's Germany is not a country that typically comes to mind. Yet there were two instances in World War II when Germany did indeed deploy troops to other countries that...
The Neglected Trinity
The first aim in war is to win, the second is to prevent defeat, the third is to shorten it, and the fourth and most important, which must never be lost to sight, is to make a just and durable peace. --Sir Maurice Hankey (1) Since the U.S. Armed...
The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits
By Catherine Herridge Crown Forum, 2011 272 pp. $25.00 ISBN: 978-0-30788-525-8 In the final years of his life, Osama bin Laden served mainly as an inspirational figure rather than an actual commander. He counseled his faithful that jihad...
The Voice Heard 'Round the World
In early January 2010, a catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake rippled through Port-au-Prince, Haiti, affecting more than 3 million people and resulting in one of the worst natural disasters in history. More than 250,000 homes and buildings were destroyed...