Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 62, July

A Diplomat's Philosophy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One damaging consequence of Wiki Leaks has been the resurrection of the statement by Sir Henry Wotton, who served King James I as ambassador to Venice, that "an Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good...
America's Endangered Arsenal of Democracy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] January 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of two of the most memorable Presidential addresses in American history. The more famous speech is John F. Kennedy's inaugural address of January 20, 1961, with its crisp cadence and...
A New Way of Understanding (Military) Professionalism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a previous edition of Joint Force Quarterly, Kevin Bond drew needed attention to the dialogue on the nature of professionalism within the U.S. Armed Forces. (1) In his article "Are We Professionals?" he raised important...
A Road Map for Beating Latin America's Transnational Criminal Organizations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The brotherhood of the well-intentioned exists even though it is impossible to organize it anywhere. --ALBERT EINSTEIN, 1934 The challenges posed by transnational criminal organizations (TCOs)--networks that meld international...
Building the Security Force That Won't Leave
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When asked how long the United States should stay [in Afghanistan], one elder said: "Until the moment that you make our security forces self-sufficient. Then you will be welcome to visit us, not as soldiers but as guests."...
Chairman's Conference on Military Professionalism: An Overview
Readers of Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ) and others who follow his speeches know that Admiral Mike Mullen has been concerned for the past several years over possible erosion of the professional military ethos. A decade of war, the so-called Revolt of...
Department of Defense-Department of State
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY Every 2 years, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff s required by law to review the missions, responsibilities, and geographical boundaries of each geographic combatant command in the U.S. military and recommend to the...
Establishing a Framework for Intelligence Education and Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 2010, Major General Michael T. Flynn, in conjunction with Captain Matt Pottinger and Paul D. Batchelor, published a paper that made the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) stand up and shout. Titled Fixing Intel: A...
Executive Summary
The keys to success in any operation include intense preparation and a constant "scan of the skies" to be aware of changes in the operating environment. While flying, pilots call this skill "keeping your head on a swivel" in order to keep the craft...
From the Chairman
I recently spoke at the graduation for the West Point Class of 2011, and while my remarks were mostly directed to the next generation of Army leadership, there is a broader message for all of us. What follows is the crux of those remarks: Over the...
Identity in the Profession of Arms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When we think about the nature of our profession and about ourselves as individual members of that profession, there are aspects that surround us as individual military professionals, and there are aspects that are inside...
Joint Terminology at the Heart of Doctrine
Recently, the largest component of the joint force, the U.S. Army, confirmed its new chief of staff, General Martin Dempsey. General Dempsey, speaking 2 days after his nomination, outlined issues that he thinks are important for the Army going forward--one...
Junior Leader PME in the PLA: Implications for the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Armies develop leaders for certain purposes, to operate under a common doctrinal approach. (1) Thus, an outside observer can learn much about an army by analyzing its professional military education (PME) and the desired characteristics...
Keeping Integrity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The best way to voice disagreement in policy or strategy, for an Active-duty officer, is during the formulation stage before execution. The President of the United States and Secretary of Defense are the two most senior civilians...
Know Yourself before the Enemy: Military Professionalism's Civil Foundation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and principal military advisor to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, received a collection of articles on civil-military relations from a long-time friend and professor...
Logistics Planning and Collaboration in Complex Relief Operations
In the past several years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has increasingly participated in complex relief operations with other U.S. Government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in response to humanitarian crises. These operations pose significant...
Matrix of Nonlinearity: Minimum Deterrence, Missile Defenses, and Nuclear Arms Reductions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The strategic nuclear arms reductions of the Cold War era may have been procedurally painstaking, but they took place in a relatively uncomplicated technology and policy world compared to now. The New Strategic Arms Reduction...
On Military Theory
All too often, the critical importance of military theory either is not well understood or is completely ignored by many officers. A reason for this is their apparent lack of knowledge and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice...
Planning Is Everything
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On January 31, 2007, just a few weeks after the surprise announcement that Robert Gates would replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, Secretary Gates was briefed on military plans and the key role envisioned for him...
Professional Disagreement and Policy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This article attempts to answer some important questions regarding the expression of disagreement by Active or retired military officers with policy or strategy. Specific questions include under what circumstances disagreement...
Scalable Energy Networks to Promote Energy Security
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an age of fluctuating energy prices and environmental concerns, engineers and scientists are locked into a worldwide race to improve energy technologies. Through hard work and investment, these innovators are creating more...
Securing Aerial Approaches to Joint Airfield
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The national security of the United States relies on the ability to project airpower around the globe. The 2011 National Military Strategy articulates key capabilities of airpower crucial to securing U.S. national interests:...
The Arctic: A New Partnership Paradigm or the Next "Cold War"?
Global climate change is bringing about epochal transformation in the Arctic region, most notably through the melting of the polar ice cap. The impact of these changes, and how the global community reacts, may very well be the most important and far-reaching...
The Enlisted Force and Profession of Arms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is it that makes membership in the U.S. profession of arms similar rather than different from other professions? While we all understand the need for professional segregation throughout ranks, specifically between the...
The Strategist as Hero
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With undergoverned space as its context, the purpose of strategy is to secure control of that turbulent zone. More often than is acknowledged in history books, the political and military battlespace for the strategist is,...
Who Is a Member of the Military Profession?
From time to time in the United States, a clearly defined word will find itself dragooned by popular culture to serve the common lexicon. Before long, that proud old word will get bandied about so much that it changes and morphs into something that...