Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 65, April

Admirals Run Amok: The Danger of Inter-Service Rivalry
Unification was the term used to describe the formation of a Department of Defense composed of three branches for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Unification had been discussed for decades, but initially it had few friends either in uniform or in Congress....
A Sense of the Enemy: Refocusing Prediction in Military and Foreign Affairs
No one knows precisely how Hans Lippershey came upon the invention. One legend holds that some children wandered into his spectacle shop, began playing with the lenses on display, and suddenly started to laugh. Tiny objects far away appeared as though...
Between Democracy and Chaos: Indonesia at a Crossroads
Our presence in the Asia-Pacific permits us to engage in South-east Asia through military exercises as well as the native communities. In Indonesia, we interact with the armed forces in command post/field exercises and occasionally in limited civil...
Building Resiliency into the National Military Strategy
Rising demand for resources, rapid urbanization of littoral regions, the effects of climate change, the emergence of new strains of disease, and profound cultural and demographic tensions in several regions are just some of the trends whose complex...
Counterinsurgency Not a Strategy, but a Necessary Capability
Facing major budget cuts, the Department of Defense is entering the first phase of what will be a bruising budget battle. With U.S. participation in the war in Iraq essentially over, and the war in Afghanistan winding down, a central issue will be...
Emerging from Behind the U.S. Shield: Japan's Strategy of Dynamic Deterrence and Defense Forces
I do not believe that it is a good idea for Japan to depend on the United States for her security over next 50 or 100 years. --Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, June 10, 2010 As the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between...
Executive Summary
Navigators for generations have been trained to use a sextant to keep track of where their ship or aircraft is in relation to celestial objects. Used in large aircraft in the U.S. Air Force such as bombers, tankers, and transports long before the advent...
From the Chairman: Putting Our Nation First
One of the great joys of my office remains the privilege of presiding over the promotion ceremonies of those who serve the Nation. As family and friends proudly gather, surrounded by brothers and sisters in arms who bear witness, I cannot help but...
Global Dispersion, Global Sustainment: A Mandate for a Global Logistics Organization?
For the past several years, my position regarding whether or not the United States "needs" a global logistics command has been represented many ways--sometimes in ways that were unfamiliar to me. I thought it important to take this opportunity to offer...
International Terrorism: The Case for Containment
Every generation in a military conflict finds it hard to envisage a different kind of threat. Soon we shall reach the 25th anniversary of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987, which eliminated cruise, Pershing II, and SS20 missiles...
Multinational Command Relationships: Part II of III
Previously in Joint Force Quarterly, (1) we provided an overview of command relationships as they occur in U.S. joint doctrine. Now let us take a broad look at multinational command relationships that take place under normal conditions within multinational...
National Defense University Building Strategic Relations with Vietnam
We are a school. We here are teachers, and students, and researchers. Many of us are in uniform with obligations to our defense and security establishments, but in the end we are a school with everything that entails--libraries, homework, computers,...
Religion in the Thirty Years' War and Peace of Westphalia: Relevant to Pakistan Today?
In a world shaped by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Thirty Years' War seems far from the public consciousness. Nevertheless, this war, which is difficult to understand, in fact offers a useful analogy to the politics of religion in...
Resiliency: The Main Ingredient in a Military Household
We have the most technologically advanced, versatile, and diverse force in the history of warfare. The American fighting man and woman serve in a profession that is constantly engaged in defending freedom in virtually every time zone on the planet....
Sailing into the 21st Century: Operating Forward, Strengthening Partnerships
The United States is at a strategic inflection point, as described in the new defense strategic guidance Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.1 American forces left Iraq last year and are drawing down in Afghanistan....
Sailing the Cyber Sea
A career in the maritime profession brings a fair share of stormy and uncertain seas. To successfully navigate these seas requires constant studying, understanding, and operating by an internationally agreed-to set of standards and norms affectionately...
The Evolution of Saudi Security and Enforcement Policies on Communication
Communication, including social media, is vital to Saudi policy concerns--pursuant to both national and internal security. The evolution of Saudi security policy on communication and social media is being derived to a significant extent from recent...
The Real Key to Success in Afghanistan Overlooked, Underrated, Forgotten, or Just Too Hard?
For the U.S. Government and its coalition partners to fully achieve their goals in Afghanistan, the vast majority of the Afghan people--regardless of their ethnicity, tribe, age, gender, social status, income, occupation, current political alliances,...