Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from Winter

Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman. (of Chiefs and Chairmen)
Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman (1896-1951) Chief of Naval Operations VITA Born in Merrimack, New Hampshire; graduated from Naval Academy (1917); served in Atlantic and Mediterranean in World War I; USS Reid (1920); commanded USS Barry (1921);...
Airpower and a Decade of Containment. (JFQ Forum)
Before the Gulf War, Iraq had one of the largest and most powerful militaries in the world. With 750,000 men under arms, 5,800 tanks, 3,850 artillery pieces, and 650 combat aircraft, Iraq wielded political and military influence throughout the region....
A Network-Centric Solution: Naval Operations in the Persian Gulf. (JFQ Forum)
The Armed Forces seem on the verge of adopting a radically different network-centric style of warfare, even though few coalition partners appear willing to follow suit. It may be that the fit between network-centric and conventional warfare is poor...
A Systems Approach to Readiness Reporting
There is general agreement that readiness reporting is flawed and does not accurately reflect operational requirements in the post-Cold War era. Readiness reporting has improved somewhat in recent years. Unit reports--known as the global status of...
A Word from the Chairman
On January 17, 1991, at 0238 hours local time, AH-64 Apache helicopters fired of Hellfire missiles and rockets, simultaneously destroying two early warning radar sites and paving the way for coalition aircraft to penetrate undetected deep inside Iraq....
Fighting with Fires
Modern precision firepower does not determine combat against either an entrenched enemy willing to accept losses or one skilled in camouflage, concealment, and deception. In Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Kosovo, liberal use of expensive precision...
Jointness in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces
Prior to World War II the Japanese imperial army and navy lived a cat-and-dog existence. They individually reported to the emperor and there was no organization to coordinate their efforts. Their perceived threats and strategies were also different....
Joint Shipboard Helicopter Operations
The use of both Army and Air Force helicopters from ships during contingency operations in Grenada, Panama, Somalia, and Haiti suggests that helicopters of all services should be capable of operating from naval vessels. But daunting incompatibilities...
Lessons of Desert Storm. (JFQ Forum)
Our memories of the Persian Gulf War include CNN images of antiaircraft tracers lighting the sky over Baghdad and smart bombs striking bridges and buildings. Americans recall the event as a stunning victory over a well-armed, brutal, but ultimately...
Missile Defense Attack Operations. (Cover Story)
Joint doctrine maintains that theater missile defense (TMD) is a joint mission, but in fact it is just another common mission pursued separately by the services. Joint Pub 301.5, Doctrine for Joint Theater Missile Defense, often invokes the term integrate....
Naval Innovation: From Coal to Oil. (Cover Story)
Technology is often cited as a key aspect of the revolution in military affairs and a decisive factor in military operations today. A study of the transition by the Royal Navy from coal to oil, stimulated by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill...
New Instruments for War and Peace. (Commentary)
The regional commands devote considerable effort to shaping their security environments. U.S. Pacific Command reports that its most likely and time-consuming missions fall short of war: civic action, disaster relief, humanitarian, and peace operations....
Postwar Strategy: An Alternative View. (JFQ Forum)
The attack on USS Cole in the port of Aden was a reminder of the dangers inherent in the U.S. role as a stabilizer in the Persian Gulf. Even though the region was regarded as strategically relevant during the Cold War and increased in military prominence...
Principles of Jointness. (out of joint)(Cover Story)
Despite all the attention given to jointness since World War II, there is no comprehensive theory that underpins the concept in doctrine. This is unusual in light of the large body of literature on operational art. Most military practitioners find...
Rethinking Joint Training
The Chairman initiated the joint training system (JTS) in 1994 to prepare the Armed Forces to fight together and win in a joint environment. Its concepts are sound. The system will ensure that the military is ready to meet joint warfighting requirements....
Soldiers and Marines. (Letters)
To the Editor--I found it surprising to read in "Rethinking Army-Marine Corps Roles in Power Projection" by Brian Dunn (JFQ, Autumn 00) that "only 10 Army and 3 Marine Corps divisions span the globe to deal with various small contingencies." The Army...
Space and the Theater Commander's War
From Desert Storm to Allied Force, the role of spacepower in the American way war has expanded. Other nations also acknowledge the merits of spacepower. According to recent figures, 32 nations as well as many commercial firms and private consortia...
Storm over the Desert: A New Assessment. (JFQ Forum)
Even before the first bomb fell, some observers believed the air campaign held the promise of winning the Persian Gulf War. But overall there was rampant uncertainty over whether air-power could assure the outcome without a major ground offensive that...
The Joint Force: A Decade, No Progress. (JFQ Forum)
Ever since the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the gaze of Congress has been firmly fixed on the need for jointness. The conviction that 21st century operations will involve land, sea, and air forces is buttressed by the perception that technological...
The Persian Gulf War Ten Years after. (JFQ Forum)(Cover Story)
While military professionals tend to look askance when they hear the phrase that "generals always prepare to fight the last war," the final battle serves as a guide for the future. Soldiers have always prepared for the next conflict by taking the measure...
Turning Purple. (Organization)
To become a joint specialty officer (JSO) one must complete Phase I and II of the program for joint education (PJE) at the National War College or the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, or both Phase I PJE at (1) a senior-level professional military...