Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 44, January

An Effects-Based Approach Refining How We Think about Joint Operations
An era of dynamic change, constrained resources, and rapid technological advancement continues to confront the Nation. This challenge and the factors quoted above dictate the need for a global perspective of the operational environment and military...
An Interview With: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
JFQ: For those who are not familiar with the breadth and depth of your duties, could you speak to your mission and responsibilities? Secretary O'Connell: Title 10, Section 138 of the U.S. Code requires my position to provide civilian oversight of...
An Interview with General Lance L. Smith, USAF, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command
JFQ: All leaders seem to bring a fresh or renewed emphasis to a command. What is your top agenda item or priority emphasis? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] General Smith: One of the areas that we are focused on right now comes largely from my experience...
A Normative Code for the Long War
Press articles citing concerns of disgruntled general officers. Media reports portray a brusque Secretary of Defense who ignores sound military advice and treats officers disrespectfully. U.S. troops fighting and dying overseas for a strategy whose...
A Small Wars Service
National and military leaders failed to recognize the end of the Cold War for what it was: the abrupt ending to a long era of major power conflict and the beginning of an interwar period. Interwar periods are not peaceful, but are characterized by...
Becoming an Officer of Consequence
Much of the literature about military history and leadership is focused on a few great leaders who rose to meet the martial challenges of their time and place. Often forgotten are the subordinates who enabled these leaders to see their challenges more...
Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror: Military Culture and Irregular War
Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror: Military Culture and Irregular War. by Robert M. Cassidy Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006 202 pp. $49.95 ISBN: 0-2759-8990-9 Robert Cassidy, who has served as a Special Operations Forces battalion...
Executive Summary
The two focus areas in this issue of Joint Force Quarterly are highly complementary. In the Forum, we explore lessons learned in the war on terror, and in the Special Feature section, the spotlight is on U.S. Joint Forces Command--a combatant command...
Farewell to the Editor
Two years ago, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, transferred a colonel from his personal staff to National Defense University (NDU) to assume duties as Editor of Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ). During the course of his...
Forging Provincial Reconstruction Teams
The Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) training mission completed by First U.S. Army in April 2006 was a joint Service effort to meet a requirement from the combatant commander to support goals in Afghanistan. The 12 PRT commanders-6 Navy commanders...
Geospatial Intelligence the New Intelligence Discipline
United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) uses geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) daily in a variety of applications and methods, including modeling and simulations to support concept development and experimentation such as the Urban Resolve and the...
Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse
Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse by Richard L. DiNardo Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005 282 pp. $34.95 ISBN: 0-7006-1412-5 Historically, most wars have been conducted by coalitions fighting to achieve common...
Joint Capability Development
The U.S. Joint Forces Command works the critical command and control seams of joint warfighting where all Services have concerns but none has a compelling reason to do anything about them. Due to a lack of preplanned, mandatory interoperability,...
Joint Experimentation Shaping Doctrine and Capabilities
Military experimentation has long played a vital role in the search for new ways to gain advantage in war. Whether developing technologies such as the longbow, submarine, or fighter aircraft, or polishing concepts such as Heinz Guderian's blitzkrieg...
Off the Shelf
Long before September 11, scores of authors and scholars were tilling the fertile ground of the struggle against terror that has been dubbed the Long War. Several offerings of new scholarship, plus one from the distant past, are suggested for additional...
Open Letter to JFQ Readers
Joint Force Quarterly is mindful that many of its readers have experienced multiple tours of duty in one or more theaters in the war on terror. We want to hear your stories, share your practical insights, and improve the way our government secures...
The Success of Global Force Management and Joint Force Providing
Implementation of the Global Force Management (GFM) construct and associated Joint Force Provider (JFP) has changed the assignment, allocation, and apportionment of forces into a predictive, streamlined, and integrated process. GFM/ JFP has enabled...
U.S. Humanitarian Assistance/disaster Relief Keys to Success in Pakistan
On the morning of October 8, 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the North West Frontier Province/Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) region of Pakistan 63 miles north of Islamabad, creating a multifaceted humanitarian emergency necessitating...
Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors
Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-state Actors by Troy S. Thomas, Stephen D. Kiser, and William D. Casebeer Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005 264 pp. $75.00 ISBN: 0-7391-1189-2 After 9/11, the transformation of the U.S. national...
Whither Capabilities-Based Planning?
The 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Report heralded a "paradigm shift in force planning," announcing that "the new defense strategy is built around the concept of shifting to a 'capabilities-based' approach to defense." (1) Since then, the 2005...

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