Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 50, July

An Interview with James G. Stavridis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JFQ: Many elements of the much-heralded reorganization of U.S. Southern Command Headquarters seem to have close parallels in the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. In fact, the majority of the issues addressed...
Battling Misperceptions: Challenges to U.S. Security Cooperation in Central Asia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The far northern region of U.S. Central Command's (USCENTCOM's) area of responsibility--the five states of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan--is removed from the current main centers...
China's New Undersea Nuclear Deterrent: Strategy, Doctrine, and Capabilities
Over the past few years, Western strategic thinkers have debated what China's emerging force of fleet ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) portends for Beijing's overall nuclear strategy. One influential school of thought assumes that the rudimentary...
Employing ISR: SOF Best Practices
Special operations forces (SOF) victories in the war on terror have driven a transformation in the relationship between operations and intelligence. Today, intelligence is operations. Perhaps the most famous example was the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi....
Executive Summary
Within the United States, public awareness of the role and contribution of the Navy is cursory at best. The maritime strategy and our continuing effort to get out and talk about it have been very worthwhile. --Admiral Gary Roughead Chief of Naval...
Forty Years of COIN: The Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories
In an October 31, 2007, speech at Carnegie Mellon University, retired Army General John Abizaid warned that "we shouldn't assume for even a minute that in the next 25 or 50 years the American military might be able to come home, relax and take it easy."...
Hobson's Choice for the American Maritime Industry: The Navy or Nothing
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Thomas Hobson, born 1544, kept a livery stable in Cambridge, England. He was not of the-customer-is-always-right school. Gentlemen who showed up at his stable for a horse were required to take either the horse nearest the...
Information Technology and China's Naval Modernization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In recent years, the modernization of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has become a high priority for senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders and high-ranking military officers. For instance, CCP General Secretary,...
Integration of Coalition Forces into the USCENTCOM Mission
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States and its coalition partners commenced combat operations in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility in October 2001 with the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, well into the seventh...
Israel's Survival Instincts and the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons in Iranian Hands
The Israeli body politic finds itself in a new and uncertain international security environment as it faces the prospect of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons. The American intelligence assessment that suggests Iran halted its nuclear weapons program...
ISR Evolution in the Iraqi Theater
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] The setting is Iraq, 2008. Picture the following: A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) network has been responsible for several high-casualty attacks on coalition forces and local civilians. But now a cordon...
Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The joint doctrine development community continues to place a major emphasis on the warfighter through comprehensive reviews of doctrine and its effects on current and future operations. This quarter, our focus has been on two emerging joint publications...
Military Must Stay Apolitical
During just about every trip I make to the field and to the fleet, I get asked about the challenges I will face leading the military through this upcoming Presidential transition: "Aren't you worried about having to work for a new President?" ...
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies: Building Relationships, Enhancing Security
The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) is the preeminent U.S. Government institution for building relationships and understanding in the region. Approved by the Secretary of Defense in 2000, the center was formally launched...
On Naval Power
All too often, the terms naval power and sea power are used interchangeably. But naval power, properly understood, refers to a direct and indirect source of military power at sea. Obviously, the main components of a naval power are the navy, coast...
Seabased Ballistic: Missile Defense
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] As the 21st century dawns, the world presents a precarious mixture of growing challenges. The events of September 11, 2001, clearly revealed that Americans are at risk from terrorist attacks throughout the world, even within...
Seabasing: Expanding Access
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] In the 21st century, information can move almost instantaneously around the world via cyberspace, and people can quickly travel great distances by air. The preponderance of materiel, however, still moves the way it has for...
The Case for JPME Phase Zero: Building a Joint Culture in the U.S. Navy
In the two decades since the landmark Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense (DOD) Reorganization Act of 1986, each military Service has charted a different course in implementing joint concepts within its respective culture. One of the most significant...
The Imbalance in Iraqi Security Force Transition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States is currently embroiled in a difficult situation in Iraq. One key to success will be an effective transition from U.S.-led security force operations to operations planned, led, and executed by Iraqi security...
The Influence of Just War Perspectives: Implications for U.S. Central Command
Three quarter of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view. --Mahatma Gandhi Is terrorism a legitimate method of warfare? Can deliberate...
Thinking Total Cost Requires Thinking Up Front
America has developed a 99-cent shopping obsession that has turned Benjamin Franklin's adage "a penny saved is a penny earned" on its head. A price of $100 gives us pause, but $99.99 seems like a bargain. Combined with easy access to revolving credit...
Tribal Engagement in Anbar Province: The Critical Role of Special Operations Forces
During a September 2007 visit to Anbar Province in western Iraq, President George W. Bush stated, "Anbar is a huge province. It was once written off as lost. It is now one of the safest places in Iraq." The reason for this stunning turnabout was that...
Why a Conversation with the Country? A Backward Look at Some Forward-Thinking Maritime Strategists
For over a year now, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have engaged in a "Conversation with the Country" to enlighten public opinion about the need for a new maritime strategy for the 21st century. Professor Walling's address surveys three...
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