Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 71, October

Assured Access Building a Joint and Multinational Airborne Forcible Entry Capability
As we end today's wars and reshape our Armed Forces, we will ensure that our military is agile, flexible, and ready for the full range of contingencies. In particular we will continue to invest in the capabilities critical to future success, including...
Building Ministerial Capacity in Host Nations
The United States seeks an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant with a just, representative, and accountable government; a state that is neither a safe haven for, nor sponsor of, terrorism; an Iraq that is integrated into the global economy...
Core Questions for Cyber Attack Guidance
Despite a decade of prolific writing, many questions about cyber power, cyber war, and cyber attack remain unresolved. In particular, national governments, including the U.S. Government, do not yet have well-formed cyber attack policies and strategies...
Executive Summary
Recently I taught a lesson here at National Defense University on war termination. The required readings included a chapter from Fred Ikle's seminal work, Every War Must End (Columbia University Press, 1971). Dr. Ikle initially published this book...
From the Chairman: Leadership in Historic Times
It is a great privilege to serve as your Chairman for another term. Together we will continue to protect our nation and honor our profession. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over the past 2 years, we have served together on the leading edge of historic...
Globally Integrated Operations: A Reflection of Environmental Complexity
The real difficulty in changing the course of any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas, but in escaping old ones. --John Maynard Keynes [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Weapons of mass destruction. Accelerating rates of technological change....
Green-on-Blue Attacks Why "Insider" Violence Has Risen in Afghanistan
Why has there been a rapid increase in so-called green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan since 2011? Put otherwise, why are members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) increasingly targeting coalition forces? I argue that,...
Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence While Cutting the Defense Budget
By Michael E. O'Hanlon Brookings Institution Press, 2013 100 pp. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0-8157-2485-8 Sequestration has spurred a number of reports and books such as this one by defense expert Michael O'Hanlon, who urges the United States to...
Inverting Clausewitz Lessons in Strategic Leadership from the 1918 Ludendorff Offensives
As the United States approaches the end of its 12th year of conflict in Afghanistan, much of the history of the war has already been written. Although magisterial works setting the U.S. intervention in the context of the broad sweep of Central Asian...
ISR Support to Operational Access: Winning Initiative in Antiaccess and Area-Denial Environments
When General Martin Dempsey released the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) in January 2012, it represented a strategic shift within the Department of Defense (DOD) following more than a decade of focus on irregular warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan....
Missile Defense Follow-On to European Phased Adaptive Approach
Ballistic missile defense (BMD) is a key component of the strategic military posture of the United States. The latest version is the European Phased Adaptive Approach, initiated by the Obama administration in 2009. It is a regional defense to protect...
Mission Command: Addressing Challenges and Sharing Insights
One of the myths of mission command is that it equals less or little control. In some ways this could not be further from the truth. Mission command is the balancing of command and control, and different ways to gain control. I would offer that universal...
NATO Missile Defense and the View from the Front Line
At the November 2010 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Lisbon, leaders of 28 nations gathered to chart the Alliance's future course. They identified three essential tasks for the Alliance going forward: collective defense, crisis...
Reconnaissance and Surveillance Looking Deep
The joint force cannot fight and win if it is blind. In any future contingency, success rests on a few first principles: find the enemy, maintain contact, and determine his intent. Such imperatives spell out clear requirements that any reconnaissance...
Revisiting NATO's Kosovo Air War Strategic Lessons for an Era of Austerity
After a decade of counterinsurgency operations, the 1999 Kosovo air war is a distant memory. Unlike the grueling, ground force--centric wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation Allied Force was a case study in coercion conducted at a safe distance to...
Security Cooperation Doctrine and Authorities Closing the Gaps
The challenges we face are more complex than ever, and so are the responses needed to meet them. That is why we are building a global architecture that reflects the realities of the 21st century. --Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [ILLUSTRATION...
The 2011 Libya Operation War Powers Redefined?
The recent hostilities in Libya between government forces of the late Muammar Qadhafi and insurgents have once again raised issues concerning whether a U.S. President can insert combat forces for more than 60 days without securing congressional approval....
The Cost of Culture Controlling DOD's Runaway O&M Spending
Since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been engaged continuously in combat. As operations subside and DOD attempts to recapitalize its forces, it faces a different yet extremely critical threat: unsustainable operations and maintenance...
The Elusive Defeat of Al Qaeda
When the United States began its war on al Qaeda in September 2001, the objective was to destroy the group by eliminating its leadership, dislodging the group from Afghanistan, and preventing future al Qaeda terrorist operations. (1) Americans also...
The Responsibility to Protect the Libya Test Case
The history of the air campaign over Libya has yet to be fully written. What might appear as yet another "operation in the Middle East" to the casual observer is in fact a revolution in global politics and the role of the United Nations (UN) as a global...
The Valley's Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban
By Daniel R. Green Potomac Books, 2012 288 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-1-59797-694-7 As the war in Afghanistan nears completion of its 11th year, it is not uncommon to hear members of the Armed Forces describe America's long fight in the Hindu...
The War on Terror: The Legal Dimension
By James P. Terry Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 192 pp. $60 ISBN: 978-1-4422-2242-7 Long anticipated and well worth the wait, James Terry's cogent assessment of the legal vagaries and exigencies of the war on terror is both erudite and...
The Whole House of Strategy
When it grew too hot for dreamless dozing, I picked up my tangle again, and went on ravelling it out, considering now the whole house of war in its structural aspect which was strategy, in its arrangements which were tactics, and in the sentiment to...
Widening the Aperture in Education
Our education efforts provide a force multiplier in our effort to develop and advance the shared values, standards, and attributes that define our Profession of Arms. However, much is changing in the security environment as well as the experiences...