Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 68, January

Afghanistan: The Challenges of Attaining a Regional Solution
Since taking office in January of 2009, President Barack Obama and his national security team have insisted that a regional approach to Afghanistan is critical for success. Indeed, as early as the waning days of the Presidency of George W. Bush, it...
Bridging the Basics
In the last issue of JFQ, I provided some thoughts and observations on the ebb and flow of the bands of readiness (individual and unit). It described some differences with soldiering in a predominantly garrison environment compared to a decade of military...
Controversial Contrails: The Costs of Remotely Piloted Foreign Policy
It is well that we find war so terrible--lest we would become fond of it. --Robert E. Lee [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As six unsuspecting young men drove their nondescript van across the vast Yemeni desert on November 3, 2002, a small piston-driven...
Cyber Operations: Bridging from Concept to Cyber Superiority
The United States is preparing for cyber conflicts and ushering in a new era for national security. The concept of cyber operations is rapidly developing, and the time has come to transpose the conceptual heights to a broad ability to fight a strategic...
Executive Summary
As the often quoted Chinese proverb says, we do indeed live in interesting times. As this edition goes to press, the fiscal difficulties of the government remain unresolved, along with the question of how this situation will impact the Armed Forces....
From the Chairman: Sustaining Our Edge
The United States is the world's preeminent military power, and we have a responsibility to maintain this decisive advantage. It's good for us, and, frankly, I believe it's good for the world. But staying dominant doesn't just happen. What we do today--and...
Logistics Support "Seams" during Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector
Here's the complexity of this operation--you have kinetic effects in one Geographic Combatant Command (GCC), generated out of another GCC, partnered with a coalition, with resources from a third GCC, then NATO reinforced by international partners [that...
Managing Foreign Assistance in a CBRN Emergency: The U.S. Government Response to Japan's "Triple Disaster"
Responding to a major disaster is invariably time-critical, complex, and difficult. Supporting a foreign government engaged in a disaster response adds an additional layer of logistical, linguistic, cultural, and organizational challenges. The tsunami...
Military Wisdom and Nuclear Weapons
The original mindset developed for thinking about nuclear weapons was theoretical. Herman Kahn, one of a group of civilians who eventually came to be called "nuclear strategists" and played an important role in shaping ideas about nuclear weapons,...
Napoleon's Shadow Facing Organizational Design Challenges in the U.S. Military
In the world of competitive triathlons, there is a saying: "You might not win the race in the swim, but you can certainly lose it there." The maxim emphasizes how initial actions lay the foundation for success or failure. For leaders, decisions on...
On Strengthening Extended Deterrence for the ROK-U.S. Alliance
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is well on its way to establishing nuclear forces that can strike targets throughout the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, and beyond. It has deployed medium-range ballistic missiles. It tested nuclear weapons...
Operational Design and the Center of Gravity: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Joint Publication (JP) 5-0, Joint Operation Planning, contains a significant editing error that, if not corrected, will further confuse the integration of the already difficult concepts of "design" and the "center of gravity." Figure III-4 incorrectly...
Operationalizing Mission Command: Leveraging Theory to Achieve Capability
As the U.S. military emerges from more than a decade of combat experience, two factors hold particular promise for meeting future military needs. First, the joint force has developed a cadre of strong leaders who have successfully adapted in the face...
Reconsidering the Armed Forces Officer of 1950: Democracy, Dialogue, the Humanities, and the Military Profession
The 1950 edition of The Armed Forces Officer is the best book by the prolific military writer S.L.A. Marshall, and it is probably the best book on military leadership ever written by an American. (1) In this article, I briefly describe how the timing...
Russia and European Missile Defenses Reflexive Reset?
The U.S.-Russian "reset" T appeared to be in free fall in December 2011 as a result of both foreign and domestic policy issues that had dampened enthusiasm for further momentum. Among the forces resisting progress on nuclear arms control was the issue...
Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-E-Taiba
By Stephen Tankel Columbia University Press, 2011 288 pp. $35 ISBN: 978-0-231-70152-5 Pakistan simultaneously acts as one of America's most important allies and one of its most implacable foes. It is an ally when it provides critical support...
The 600-Pound Gorilla Why We Need a Smaller Defense Department: Where Does an 800-Pound Gorilla Sit? Wherever It Wants
The largest gorillas found in the wild weigh around 500 pounds, and gorillas living in captivity can weigh over 600 pounds. (1) The 800-pound gorilla of the classic riddle gets whatever it wants by virtue of its exaggerated size. There are no smaller...
The Case for Military Pension Reform
If the Department of Defense (DOD) fails to reform its military retirement system, it will find itself in the same place as General Motors (GM) during the last decade. With GM management focused on maintaining the status quo, staggering legacy costs...
The Effects of 9/11 on China's Strategic Environment: Illusive Gains and Tangible Setbacks
The clear victor of the global war on terror appears to be China. (1) --Anatol Lieven [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some Chinese grand strategists are said to have breathed sighs of relief on September 12, 2001. Relations between the United States...
The Kitona Operation: Rwanda's Gamble to Capture Kinshasa and the Misreading of an "Ally"
One who is not acquainted with the designs of his neighbors should not enter into alliances with them. --SUN TZU [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In early August 1998, a white Boeing 727 commercial airliner touched down unannounced and without warning...
The Last Three Feet: Case Studies in Public Diplomacy
Edited by William P. Kiehl The Public Diplomacy Council/PDWorldwide, 2012 196 pp. $14.99 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-47811-295-2 How hard can it be to do information operations (IO) and strategic communication in foreign countries? This is...
Values Statements and the Profession of Arms: A Reevaluation
Over the past decade and a half, the Department of Defense (DOD) and each of the uniformed Services has issued core values statements: DOD: Duty, Integrity, Ethics, Honor, Courage, and Loyalty. U.S. Air Force: Integrity first, Service before...
Withdrawing under Fire: Lessons Learned from Islamist Insurgencies
By Joshua L. Gleis Potomac Books, 2011 238 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-1-59797-665-7 A key challenge for academics the world over is conducting research that advances the understanding of their chosen fields of study. In some fields, the process...