Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 63, October

An Interview with Norton A. Schwartz
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JFQ: When you talk to the public and Congress, how do you describe the Air Force role in implementing U.S. national security policy? What unique capabilities does the Air Force bring to the table? General Schwartz: I think...
Command Relationships
Whenever a new interagency working group convenes within the Capital Beltway, there is a question that almost always surfaces to some degree: "Could someone please explain the terms COCOM, OPCON, TACON, assign, and attach?" What follows are definitions,...
Enduring Attraction: America's Dependence on and Need to Secure Supply of Permanent Magnets
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States is the world's preeminent military power, due in large part to its technological superiority. This lead in innovative technology supporting national security also includes advances in new and "green" energy...
Estonia: Cyber Window into the Future of NATO
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the development of the new North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Strategic Concept, a group of experts chaired by Madeleine Albright recommended that: NATO must accelerate efforts to respond to the danger of cyber...
Executive Summary
Joint Force Quarterly has succeeded over the years due in no small part to the mentoring of its publisher, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This issue is the last produced under the leadership of Admiral Mike Mullen, who has been a constant...
Harnessing America's Power: A U.S. National Security Structure for the 21st Century
Successfully contending with the challenges of the 21st-century environment requires an extensive overhaul of America's national security bureaucracy. In the executive branch, nearly every department has a strategy document citing the need for greater...
How General John Shalikashvili "Paid It Forward" to 500,000 Others
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The world lost a great warrior-diplomat with the recent passing of General John Malchase David Shalikashvili, USA. The General will likely be most remembered for his tenures as Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)...
Improving Joint Fires for Special Operations: A Mandate for the Joint Force Fires Coordinator
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Though great strides have been made since joint doctrine was legislated by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, joint fire support coordination still presents a quandary. The need for a principal...
Linking Military Service Budgets to Commander Priorities
In May 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported to the congressional committees on armed Services regarding the influence of the U.S. combatant commanders (COCOMs) on the development of joint requirements as part of the Department...
Operation Enduring Freedom X: CJTF-82 and the Future of COIN
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The 82d Airborne Division's 2009-2010 rotation as the core headquarters for Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-82 and Regional Command-East (RC[E]) in Afghanistan marked an innovative break with the past in evolving counterinsurgency...
Pulling Back the Curtain: Developing Strategic Thinkers at ICAF
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), one of three Joint Senior Level Education Institutions, is an integral component of the Department of Defense's Joint Professional Military Education system. The College provides...
Read, Think, Write: Keys to 21st-Century Security Leadership
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twenty years ago, on a hot August day in 1991, I arrived, like you, to begin a year at the National War College. I met striking and impressive classmates such as William "Fox" Fallon and Carrol "Howie" Chandler, future four-stars...
Religious Leader Engagement in Southern Afghanistan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Interaction with religious leaders and institutions in Afghanistan has been inconsistently addressed by foreign military, diplomatic, and development officials. Recent efforts to correct that trend in southern Afghanistan...
Stuxnet and Strategy: A Special Operation in Cyberspace?
Cyberpower has posed a challenge for strategists since its advent, and the questions have only grown more pressing with the revelation of the Stuxnet malware attacks on Iranian nuclear sites. Many interpretations currently abound in an attempt to provide...
The Empire's Newest New Clothes Overrating China
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is a potentially dangerous obsession in America regarding China. The Middle Kingdom's awe-inspiring climb from a state of backwardness and abject poverty to a thriving economy, second only to the United States, in just...
The Joint Officer: A Professional Specialist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Men mean more than guns in the rating of a ship. --Captain John Paul Jones In 1986, Congress passed the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense (DOD) Reorganization Act to improve Service effectiveness in executing joint...
The Limits of Tailored Deterrence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Deterrence is back. Although the Cold War concept lost its centrality in security policy for many years, the United States embraced a modified version of it in its 2006 and 2010 National Security Strategies. (1) The original...
The Looming Crisis in Defense Planning
A period of discontinuity in defense planning looms because of a "perfect storm"--that is, the confluence of technology diffusion, geostrategic changes, and the k range of increasingly well-armed adversaries (states and networked nonstate actors)....
The NDU Foundation Congratulates the Winners of the 2011 Writing Competitions
The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation is proud to support the annual Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Joint Force Quarterly writing competitions. NDU Press hosted the final round of judging on May 17-18, 2011,...
Thoughts on Force Design in an Era of Shrinking Defense Budgets
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Force design is an essential tool in the hands of national political and military leaders to counter uncertainty in conflict or crisis. An agile force design can both create options and reduce risk should events take unexpected...
Transforming the Civil Reserve Air Fleet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States remains the only nation able to project and sustain large-scale military operations over extended distances. We maintain superior capabilities to deter and defeat adaptive enemies and to ensure the credibility...
Understanding Strategic Thinking and Developing Strategic Thinkers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) begins the academic year with a dedicated Strategic Thinking course, the first of six core courses that, along with electives, comprise the 10-month resident curriculum. The primary mission...
U.S.-China Relations No Need to Fight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a recent Canadian defense conference, a speaker from the U.S. Naval War College demonized China and concluded with a phrase often attributed to Leon Trotsky: "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."...
Vietnam and Iraq Learning from the Past?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Periodically, articles in both the mainstream media and "blogosphere" have compared operations in Iraq to previous U.S. operations in Vietnam. Sometimes, these articles are written by military analysts, but more often they...
Why Iran Didn't Admit Stuxnet Was an Attack
In July 2010, news broke that a new computer virus had been discovered. To casual observers, it probably elicited little more than a yawn. After all, there seems to be a new "cyber threat" reported every day. The detection of new computer viruses is...