Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 55, October

A New Grand Bargain: Implementing the Comprehensive Approach in Defense Planning
The United States faces a security environment in which comprehensive approaches are supplanting joint operations. The military's heavy involvement in complex operations poses a conundrum for U.S. force planners and ultimately challenges the identity...
An Interview with Raymond T. Odierno
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JFQ: How important was the role of the Awakening/Sons of Iraq in the success of the surge? How do the Sons of Iraq fit into a united, multiethnic Iraq capable of standing on its own two feet? General Odierno: In 2006, the...
Asia: Facing Interesting Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the earliest days of the Republic, the United States has had vital interests in Asia. Indeed, the ink was barely dry on the Treaty of Paris, which formally recognized American independence, before the Nation was establishing...
Breaking the Yardstick: The Dangers of Market-Based Governance
In the middle of the last century, America became a superpower. It happened, in part, because of a well-balanced technological partnership between the Federal Government and commercial sector. After winning a world war against fascism, this public-private...
Designing Exercises for Teaching and Analysis: Center for Applied Strategic Learning
Exercises are designed for purposes that can generally be collapsed into two overarching goals: teaching or analysis. The goal of teaching is usually to make theoretical lessons concrete and convey some aspect of the demands that a student might face...
Developing Strategists: Translating National Strategy into Theater Strategy: Tactics without Strategy Are a Variety of Roads That Are Going Nowhere and Will Lead to a Very Short-Term Focus on a Mission
To update an old saying, "Russians play chess, Chinese play 'go,' and Americans play poker." While this saying is meant to evoke the astrategic nature of the United States and convey the image of the naive American policymaker going from crisis to...
Energy and Environmental Insecurity
Energy security is now a commanding priority. The emerging energy system is far more complex and global than the industrial era system it is slowly replacing. Today, when security planners talk about energy security, they are as likely referring to...
Executive Summary
For every complex problem there is a simple solution that is wrong. --George Bernard Shaw In this issue, Joint Force Quarterly returns to issues of grand strategy, from the training of strategists and associated concepts to a survey of regional...
Future Gulf War: Arab and American Forces against Iranian Capabilities
Gulf Arabs are increasingly taking measure of Iran's capabilities to wage war. Military power is relative, not absolute, and to gauge Iran's capabilities to wage war and threaten the Persian Gulf, one must compare Iran's power against that of its regional...
Graying Panda Shrinking Dragon: The Impact of Chinese Demographic Changes on Northeast Asian Security
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] China appears to be at the edge of an historic demographic transition, setting the country on a path to grow old before it becomes prosperous. --Global economist Cliff Waldman (1) Since 1980, China's "one child" policy...
Integrating CONOPS into the Acquisition Process
The phrase concept of operations (CONOPS) has been interpreted in many ways. Its most useful manifestation is when a CONOPS reveals how the horizontal integration of joint capabilities can produce the effects intended by the joint commander. Its least...
Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The joint doctrine development community (JDDC) recently held the 43d Joint Doctrine Planning Conference. Participants included the Joint Staff, combatant commands, Services, Air Land Sea Application Center, multiple Service schools, and many international...
Measure, Manage, Win: The Case for Operational Energy Metrics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today, the Department of Defense (DOD) is beset by budgetary problems, hampered by worn-out equipment, faced with skyrocketing personnel costs, and spread thin in short- and long-term obligations...
Mind Fitness: Improving Operational Effectiveness and Building Warrior Resilience
Today's complex, fluid, and unpredictable operational environment both demands more from the military in terms of mission requirements and exposes troops to more stressors and potential trauma than ever before. On the one hand, situational awareness,...
Moving toward a Joint Acquisition Process to Support ISR
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2004, the U.S. Army issued a Critical Mission Needs Statement for a fleet of new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Sky Warrior, as the platform was called, would be the Army's premier extended range, multipurpose UAS...
MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles offer an excellent case study for investigating the current debate over the Pentagon's emphasis on developing and fielding irregular warfare capabilities. The debate was highlighted...
Radar versus Stealth: Passive Radar and the Future of U.S. Military Power
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Faced with the prospect of aerial stealth proliferation, states in the 21st century are looking for antistealth defense options. One such alternative, passive radar, appears a cost-effective counter to stealth. Passive radar...
Real Acquisition Reform
Our nation's defense suffers from a basic flaw: although we now fight jointly, we do not buy jointly. Two recent developments offer hope, however, that the Pentagon will finally be making key procurement decisions. The announcement by Secretary of...
SORT-Ing out START: Options for U.S.-Russian Strategic Arms Reductions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] American and Russian presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have committed their administrations to progress on strategic nuclear arms limitation. A new agreement to replace the existing Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty...
Strategic Communication and the Combatant Commander
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is important to emphasize the indispensable role that combatant commanders play in strategic communication (SC), which includes the coordination of statecraft, public affairs (PA), public diplomacy, military information...
Strategic Communication: Getting Back to Basics
It is time for us to take a harder look at "strategic communication." Frankly, I don't care for the term. We get too hung up on that word, strategic. If we've learned nothing else these past 8 years, it should be that the lines between strategic,...
Strategic Drift? the Future of the National War College
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each year, as students get their assignments to the National War College (NWC), the faculty wonder: Is there a "Kennan" among the group? Would this class produce a strategist in the mold of the college's first deputy commandant...
The Department of Homeland Security: An Organization in Transition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On November 25, 2002, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 became law, and 60 days later, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became the newest Cabinet-level organization in the U.S. Government. Over the following 5 months,...
The Efficacy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Though the epigraphs echo arguments made against homosexuals serving openly in the Armed Forces, they are the words of Senator Richard Russell of Georgia and General Omar Bradley in opposition to President Truman's 1948 executive...
The NDU Foundation Congratulates the Winners of the 2009 Writing Competitions
Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition The 2009 annual competition was intended to stimulate new approaches to coordinated civilian and military action from a broad spectrum of civilian and military students. Essays were to address...
The State of Play in Russia's near Abroad
Right now, Russia is engaged in a grand face-saving gesture: having lost the Cold War in so dramatic a fashion, it is swapping dreams of global domination for dreams of Eurasian suzerainty. Key to this aspiration is rigorous control over the activities,...
U.S. Joint Military Contributions to Countering Syria's 1970 Invasion of Jordan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the midst of the Jordanian civil war with Palestinians during September 1970, Syria conducted a short-lived armored incursion into northern Jordan. U.S. leaders, seeing Syrian intervention through the prism of Cold War...
Winfield Scott's 1847 Mexico City Campaign as a Model for Future War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our fixation with conventional battle tends to undervalue the increasing potential of stability operations to decide the political outcomes of military campaigns and clouds our perceptions regarding both the purpose and utility...
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