Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from Autumn-Winter

A Word from the Chairman
During my tenure as Chairman, I intend to use these pages in each issue of JFQ to explain my vision, the actions we need to take to improve jointness, and our progress in preparing the force to meet the challenges of the future. With that in mind,...
Containment Post 9/11. (Letters ...)
The Editor--With the events of September 11 fresh in our minds, the distinction made between containment and deterrence by Paul K. White in "Airpower and a Decade of Containment" (JFQ, Winter 00-01) seems all the more important. Containment is possible...
European Missile Defense-Issues and Options
The NATO reaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States underscores the heightened European recognition of threats to Western security originating from beyond the borders of member nations. Nonetheless, the European Allies remain...
General John Paul McConnell: (1908-1987) Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force. (of Chiefs and Chairmen)
VITA Born in Booneville, Arkansas; graduated from U.S. Military Academy (1932); primary and advanced flying school (1932-33); 20th Pursuit Group (1933-37); 50th Observation Squadron (1937-39); squadron and post duties (1939-41); Office of the Chief...
International Naval Cooperation during the Spanish Civil War
Among ideologues on the left and the right, the Spanish civil war was perhaps the most controversial conflict of the 20th century. Moreover, European powers could not ignore the fact that it posed the greatest threat to peace since World War I. Spain's...
Joint Special Operations in Support of Earnest Will
On the night of July 23, 1987, there was news of an unusual amount of naval activity around the small Iranian island of Farsi in the northern Persian Gulf. Rear Admiral Harold Bernsen, commander of Middle East Force, found the reports disquieting....
Lost in Space. (Letters ...)
To the Editor--Should space be a theater of conflict or simply a conduit of information? In "Space and the Theater Commander's War" (JFQ, Winter 00-01), Thomas Doyle sidesteps that issue in arguing that "spacepower must be incorporated into campaign...
Military Engagement in the South Caucasus
The importance of the South Caucasus to European security is growing. Recent trips by Lord Robertson to the region underscore NATO resolve to expand security under the Partnership for Peace (PFP) program. Moreover, the three South Caucasus states--Armenia,...
NATO Command and Control for the 21st Century
Many advocates of a revolution in military affairs argue that technological breakthroughs will bring greater operational speed. Global communications systems spurred by the explosion in microprocessing and digital technologies will provide commanders...
Operational Planning and Conflict Termination
Although the Armed Forces have proven themselves a capable policy instrument, the Nation has always struggled with conflict termination. America has often prevailed militarily while failing to achieve policy goals quickly and efficiently. A scan of...
Peacekeeping in West Africa
Instability in West Africa presents U.S. decisionmakers with a conundrum. The domestic imperative to avoid entangling new commitments abroad is tempered by the CNN effect--the need to do something to alleviate the plight of those ravaged by armed conflict,...
Senior Officers and Strategic Leader Development
Changing demands on the Armed Forces coupled with the rapid pace and increasing frequency of deployments are not only affecting the exercise of strategic leadership but also how the military inculcates the necessary qualities in commanders. This conclusion...
Shaping on NATO's Doorstep U.S.-Ukraine Relations
Ukraine's independent status and location are key to the permanent demise of the Soviet empire. A strategic hinge between Central Europe and the partner states of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, it is also the second largest country in Europe and, except...
Sub-Saharan Africa and the Unified Command Plan
The United States is in a position to play a key role in improving the security environment in Africa. One suggested initiative is establishing a regional command for the continent. According to the Annual Report to the President and the Congress...
The Operational Challenges of Task Force Hawk
Operation Allied Force was a major NATO success. The Alliance withstood competing national agendas and divisive political pressures while conducting a 78-day campaign that ended violence against Albanian Kosovars. Serb forces withdrew from Kosovo and...
The Transatlantic Security Agenda
The collective reaction of the North Atlantic Alliance to the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 is proof that North America and Europe remain unflinchingly united as a security community. In invoking Article 5 of the founding charter...
The Trouble with Strategy: Bridging Policy and Operations. (Commentary)
No subject generates more concern within the military than strategy. Yet policymakers are often indifferent to it. Some find the demand for more and better strategy to be naive resistance to inevitable ad hocery. Why is the subject never settled enough...
Transforming the Air Force
As America continues to prosecute its first war of the 21st century, it is useful to recall that the Air Force was born in wartime and bred for joint operations. Today, along with the other services, it is engaged in a determined effort to adapt to...
Wider Perspective. (Doctrine)
The revised Joint Pub 3-57, Joint Doctrine for Civil-Military Operations, provides an excellent overview of current and evolving doctrine on civil affairs and other specialized assets which contribute to civil-military operations. The pub further defines...