Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 72, January

Backbone of the Armed Forces
It was December 17, 1777, and General George Washington's Continental Army had just returned to winter quarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. They were exhausted and had gained minimal success in their fight against the British army. But this period...
Biometric-Enabled Intelligence in Regional Command-East
In Afghanistan, coalition and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) continue to leverage an important component of the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fight: biometrics. Simply put, biometric-enabled intelligence (BEI) efforts are producing...
Cut Defense Pork, Revive Presidential Impoundment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have gone from a sense of urgency to restrict an imperial President to a sense that the President needs to restrict, if not an imperial Congress, at least a spendthrift one. --SENATOR WILLIAM COHEN Line Item Veto...
Executive Summary
There was a time when "jointness" had no champions. There was a time when professional military education at the Service colleges offered little in the way of joint content. Joint military operations often revealed a lack of basic coordination, much...
Foreign Powers and Intervention in Armed Conflicts
By Aysegul Aydin Stanford University Press, 2012 202 pp. $45 ISBN: 978-0-8047-8281-4 Reviewed by David A. Anderson Aysegul Aydin, an academic scholar, sets out to determine why and through what means external states choose to get involved...
Forging a 21st-Century Military Strategy Leveraging Challenges
As the United States comes to terms with the past decade and faces the future, what will its military strategy be? The answer is not likely to come in briefing slides but rather in shaping both concrete steps forward and responses to new and ongoing...
From the Chairman: Mount Up and Move Out
The Joint Force remains unrivaled. We deter threats, assure partners, and defeat adversaries. We are strong--and our nation is secure--because we commit to being the best led, best trained, and best equipped force as our non-negotiable imperative....
"Gallantry and Intrepidity": Valor Decorations in Current and Past Conflicts
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted 17 bitterly cold days in late November and early December 1950. Thirty thousand United Nations (UN) troops were surrounded by 120,000 Chinese troops, and they fought as a Siberian cold front brought the temperature...
Godzilla Methodology: Means for Determining Center of Gravity
What are enemy force capabilities? Where does the enemy derive its strength? What are the enemy's objectives? Combatant commanders are often tasked with identifying which enemy forces will need to be attacked, destroyed, or neutralized in order to...
Improving DOD Adaptability and Capability to Survive Black Swan Events
Professor of risk engineering at New York Polytechnic University Nassim Taleb wrote persuasively about the need to prepare for catastrophes in his seminal work on risk management, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. (1) A black swan...
Improving Safety in the U.S. Arctic
On Friday, August 27, 2010, the MV Clipper Adventurer, a cruise ship carrying 128 passengers, ran aground on an uncharted rock off the Nunavut Coast while making its way from Port Epworth to Kugluktuk in the Northwest Passage. None of the passengers...
In Memoriam
Volunteering for the Army Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor, General Jones received his commission and pilot wings in early 1943. During the Korean War, General Jones flew more than 300 hours on combat missions against North Korea. In 1969, he served...
Learning and Adapting: Billy Mitchell in World War I
The 2012 Joint Staff Decade of War study concluded that U.S. military operations in the first half of the decade were "often marked by numerous missteps and challenges." The second half, however, "featured successful adaptations to overcome these challenges."...
Letter
In Joint Force Quarterly 71 (4th Quarter 2013), Karen Kaya offers a number of perspectives on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) evolving missile defense project, in particular those shaping Tur-key's calculations as it works to define...
Putting "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" to Work: A Wargaming Perspective
Cooperative Strategy for 21st A Century Seapower proposes that the maritime forces of the United States will "join with other like-minded nations to protect and sustain the global, inter-connected system through which we prosper." (1) In addition,...
Security Cooperation: How It All Fits
Department of Defense (DOD) security cooperation activities support or are combined with other assistance programs and often are a part of nation assistance. This often occurs in a manner that may appear confusing or convoluted to the joint warfighter....
Strategic Implications of the Afghan Mother Lode and China's Emerging Role
As the 2014 withdrawal of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops draws closer, the question on many minds is what will become of Afghanistan. Will the country slip back into its usual pattern of power struggles, be taken over by...
Strategy for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
In the last 10 years, numerous reports have highlighted obstacles to the integration of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) into military campaigns and major operations. (1) The root cause of many of these difficulties is adherence...
The Joint Stealth Task Force: An Operational Concept for Air-Sea Battle
It is time to come back to basics on Air-Sea Battle. Since the United States announced a pivot to the Asia-Pacific region, Air-Sea Battle has been derided as a strategy of tactics too focused on China, disparaged by the Army and Marines Corps as...
The Pen and the Sword: Faculty Management Challenges in the Mixed Cultural Environment of a War College
The war colleges recently became the focus of both internal and external criticism. (1) Continuing scrutiny is appropriate in light of their expense and importance as the pinnacle of professional military education (PME). Each Service maintains a war...
The Role of Professional Military Education in Mission Command
The debate about the quality and role of professional military education (PME) has been much written about across the Armed Forces and the blogosphere. However, one area that has received scant attention in the debate is the role of education in the...
The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice
By Vanessa M. Gezari Simon & Schuster, 2013 347 pp. $25 ISBN: 978-1-4391-7739-6 Reviewed by Michael C. Davies On November 4, 2008, Paula Loyd, a social scientist with a relatively new U.S. Army program, the Human Terrain System (HTS)...
Unifying Our Vision: Joint ISR Coordination and the NATO Joint ISR Initiative
Every night and day that you flew into Kosovo or into Serbia, you had to accept that you were in the lethal range of a surface-to-air missile, because they were moving all the time. We could not identify their locations all the time, so the kids just...
Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them
By David Keen Yale University Press, 2012 311 pp. $38 ISBN 978-0-300-16274-5 Reviewed by William A. Taylor [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Useful Enemies, David Keen (professor of conflict studies at the London School of Economics) explores...