Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 47, December

Abolish the Office of the Secretary of Defense?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The political and defense communities of 2006 had the wrong debate about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (1) Instead of "should he stay or should he go," the debate should have been whether we even need the Office...
Anaconda: A Flawed Joint Planning Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over the last 5 years, Operation Anaconda has gained legendary status as a debacle. While the operation did experience problems, these problems did not occur for the reasons commonly given. The objective of the mission was...
An Interview with Ambassador Ravic Huso
JFQ: Tell us about your position as the foreign policy advisor [FPA] to the U.S. Pacific commander, and how you interact with the commander, his staff, and Washington policy circles. Ambassador Huso: The foreign policy advisor is by no means a new...
An Interview with B.B. Bell
JFQ: When you took command of your present duties, what were your top goals and priorities? Were you given any specific orders? General Bell: I wasn't given any specific marching orders, which I found refreshing. I clearly was told to maintain the...
An Interview with Timothy J. Keating
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JFQ: You've had an interesting journey from flag lieutenant at USPACOM [U.S. Pacific Command] to commander. We would like to hear about your goals while in office and your mandate coming from Northern Command. Admiral Keating:...
Arresting Insurgency
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Under the best circumstances, the police action [arrests] cannot fail to have negative aspects for both the population and the counterinsurgent living with it.... These reasons demand the operation be conducted by professionals....
China in Space: Implications for U.S. Military Strategy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One who has few must prepare against the enemy. One who has many makes the enemy prepare against him. --Sun Tzu (1) China's January 11, 2007, launch of an antisatellite (ASAT) weapon against a low Earth orbit satellite...
China's Air Force Modernization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is in the midst of a modernization campaign aimed at retiring and replacing obsolete aircraft designed in the 1950s and 1960s. While modernization has been under way in earnest...
China's International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, and Diversification
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] China has arrived as a truly global actor. Its economic and political interests now span the globe, having gradually moved beyond the Asia-Pacific in the last decade. Beijing is active on issues and in regions previously peripheral...
Dragon with a Heart of Darkness? Countering Chinese Influence in Africa
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While the United States has been preoccupied with global challenges to its security since 2001, China has used what it calls an independent foreign policy (a term Beijing uses to denote independence from American power) to...
Ensuring a Stable Space Domain for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the past decade and a half, we have struggled to understand the meaning of space power, space superiority, and space dominance. Why is this? With a half century of space experience, why is it so challenging to understand...
Executive Summary
In time another power will supersede America in technology, wealth and power. At the moment China is building a high-seas fleet that one day may challenge America's ability to influence events in the Far East. The trick will be to manage competition,...
Five Lessons from China's War on Terror
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the end of the Soviet-Afghan war, China has been fighting an increasingly sophisticated campaign against violent extremists in its northwestern Xinjiang region. China's "war on terror" there has focused on preempting...
Five Years after Operation Anaconda Challenges and Opportunities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Five years later, the battle of Shahi-Kot Valley in Afghanistan, known as Operation Anaconda, still evokes heated emotions among U.S. air and ground warfighters. Nevertheless, reopening this discussion can help us examine...
Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The recently revised Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 5120.02A, Joint Doctrine Development System, set forth new guidance to provide warfighters with effective and accurate doctrine through a more expeditious change process and more...
Joint Special Operations Warfighter Certificate
The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, is the designated agency within U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to conduct joint special operations education. It is responsible for courses that cover necessary...
Logistics Visibility: Enabling Effective Decisionmaking
The joint force commander--and by extension, his logisticians--requires timely, accurate, and relevant information to make effective decisions. This requirement is especially critical in the joint logistics environment (JLE). The joint logistics community...
Moving the Throttle Forward in the Pacific
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The opportunities are immense, they're profound, and we're going to capitalize on them.... That is what we will be about in the Pacific Command--service. Service to our friends, to our allies, to all departments, and we will...
Planning Convergence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] True wisdom in strategy must be practical because strategy is a practical subject. Much of what appears to be wise and indeed is prudent as high theory is unhelpful to the poor warrior who actually has to do strategy, tactically...
Taking Joint Intelligence Operations to the Next Level
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC) at U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) achieved initial operational capability in January 2006. After 18 months, it is already setting a new standard for joint intelligence operations...
The 2007 Report on the Chinese Military: The Top 10 List of Missing Topics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Congress requires that the Pentagon annually address the "probable development of Chinese grand strategy, security strategy, and military strategy, and ... the military organizations and operational concepts" of the People's...
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies: Contributing to Regional Security Capacity-Building
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2006, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, Vice Admiral David Nichols, USN, traveled to Pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror, for meetings with the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence. Whatever apprehension...
The Country Team: Restructuring America's First Line of Engagement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since late 2006, the Institute for National Strategic Studies has assisted the Project on National Security Reform. Hosted by the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the project is a nonpartisan initiative dedicated to...
The Enduring Value of Military-to-Military Cooperation in Southeast Asia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is difficult to imagine a region blessed with more diversity and promise than Southeast Asia. Eleven nations with an aggregate population in excess of 550 million straddle the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. These nations...
The NDU Foundation Congratulates the Winners of the 2007 Writing Competitions!
The National Defense University Foundation is proud to sponsor the annual Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and Joint Force Quarterly Kiley Essay Competitions. NDU Press hosted the most recent competitions on May 22-23, 2007,...
The Past as Prism: China and the Shock of Plural Sovereignty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] China's conceptions of international order are grounded in lessons drawn both from its history and, particularly today, from the ancient Warring States period in which proto-nations struggled for hegemony. At the end of this...
The Phoenix Program and Contemporary Warfare
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the mid-1990s, the Phoenix program was considered an artifact of historical interest but with little relevance to the contemporary world. I therefore analyzed the program primarily from a historian's perspective in the...
The Route to the British Strategic Defence Review
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By the end of the 19th century, Great Britain commanded "the largest empire the world had ever seen." (1) Far from being a stepping stone for further greatness, victory in 1815 marked the culmination of Britain's power, and...
The U.S. Air Force and Stability Operations Transformation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On November 28, 2005, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England signed Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 3000.05, "Military Support for Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations." Although...
Training Strategy in the Pacific Theater
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's security environment demands immense versatility and flexibility from our military. The Armed Forces must be able to meet the needs of the President and Secretary of Defense to respond across the full spectrum of operations--from...
Transforming Joint Operational-Level Logistics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our nation is engaged in a broad array of military operations that is driving significant changes in the way we train, fight, and execute missions--from humanitarian assistance to major combat. In turn, those changes require...