Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 42, July

An Interview with Acting Director, DOD Office of Force Transformation: Terry J. Pudas
JFQ: Could you define "big-T" transformation and explain the mission of the Office of Force Transformation? Acting Director Pudas: To begin, transformation is not a destination; it is a continuing process or a journey, and it's driven by the fact...
An Interview with Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution: Carlos Pascual
JFQ: Why did the Department of State create the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization? Ambassador Carlos Pascual: The office came out of the recognition that the U.S. Government needs to have the capacity to deal with issues...
A Prescription for Protecting the Southern Approach
Protecting the United States from attack is a core mission of the Department of Defense (DOD). Historically, the Armed Forces provided a shield against conventional threats at sea and through an integrated air defense system developed during the Cold...
A Word from the Chairman
As I visit U.S. military personnel around the world, I feel a profound sense of gratitude for the extraordinary performance of our troops. Their hard work, perseverance, and courage--in the midst of difficult hardships--will ensure success in the war...
Building Partner Capacity for Combining WMD
One of the greatest challenges to national security is the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) falling into the hands of those who would use them indiscriminately against our homeland, interests abroad, or partners and allies. It is not difficult...
Building Partner Security Forces: Sometimes War Is the Answer
What I want to stress above everything is the foundation of an Army--its officer corps. While one, any problem can be overcome, without one, all other efforts are in vain. --General Matthew Bunker Ridgway, 1969 (1) Building other peoples' armies...
Disruptive Challenges and Accelerating Force Transformation
The Department attempts to compete on the very best capabilities. I say let's compete on the basis of cost and cycle time.... Learning rate turns out to be a great competitive advantage and allows the Department to move forward. Information gets shared...
Energy and Force Transformation
Early in the 20th century, First Sea Lord Sir John Fisher implemented a radical transformation that both altered the British Navy's force structure and diversified its energy sources. Although military and strategic considerations loomed large in this...
Focus on U.S. Southern Command: Executive Summary
It is often said that America's heart lies in Europe and its wallet in the Pacific Rim, but demonstrably, both interests are migrating much closer to home. The United States, for instance, imports more oil from the Caribbean and Latin America than...
Foundation Announces Establishment of the Colin L. Powell Chair at NDU
The National Defense University Foundation (NDUF) recently announced the establishment of the Colin L. Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character, and Ethics at the National Defense University. The Chair is named for Colin L. Powell,...
From the Editor
Corporal Samuel Toloza stood surrounded by armed, fanatic Iraqi militants. Sam was one of only 4 men from his battalion still standing; a friend lay dead at his feet, and 12 others were wounded. Ammunition spent, no relief inbound, Sam saw Muqtada...
Implementing the Transformation Vision
In January 2001 newly elected George W. Bush made transformation a pillar of national defense strategy and described a broad vision [0t the Armed Forces. By the time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld established the Office of Force Transformation...
Insights from Colombia's "Prolonged War"
Colombia is the second oldest democracy in the Western Hemisphere after the United States, but political violence has plagued its history since independence. The causes lie in the unique geography, demographics, and history of the nation. Since...
JIATF-South: Blueprint for Success
Over the last 17 years, the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) has built an unparalleled network of law enforcement, intelligence, and military assets to focus on detecting the movements and shipments of narcoterrorist organizations. With...
JTF-Bravo and Disaster Relief
Natural disasters can be difficult to forecast and vary greatly in magnitude. Central American hurricanes and tropical storms, however, can be all too predictable and devastating. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season will forever be infamous for the...
Limits of Influence: Creating Security Forces in Latin America
From 1898 to 1934, the United States created, trained, and equipped small military/constabulary forces for five Latin American countries: Cuba, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Each force was expected to provide virtually all aspects...
The Americas in the 21st Century: The Challenge of Governance and Security
The challenge of governance and security for the Americas in the 21st century has become a timely topic for U.S. and regional government officials. We need to maintain an open dialogue about future directions and how we maximize national and international...
The State Partnership Program: Vision to Reality
In October 2005, forces from U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala, to support local authorities inspecting damage from Hurricane Stan. The command deployed a 58-person disaster response team and 8 helicopters to...
The Warrior Preparation Center: Training Transformation Defined
The airpower training exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, enabled generations of Airmen to be battle tested prior to combat. While stationed with U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Colonel Richard "Moody" Suter, USAF, the key officer...
Understanding Full Spectrum Operations: Insights from Operation Enduring Freedom
An ancient Afghan proverb reflects the commitment and mindset of Afghans today: Ba solha goftan dunya aram namaisha--The world will not find rest by just saying "peace." As Afghans work to renew their nation, they understand that peace, stability,...
Unfulfilled Hope the Joint Board and the Panama Canal, 1903-1919
It is a fundamental principle," wrote Acting Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt to Secretary of State Robert Lansing on May 1, 1919, "that the foreign policy of our Government is in the hands of the State Department.... It is also an accepted...
USSTRATCOM: A Command for the 21st Century
Addressing today's threats and security challenges and supporting deployed forces and allies require new approaches to integrate and synchronize action, empower subordinates, and increase operational speed. Willingness to change is no longer optional...