Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

Executive Summary

Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

Executive Summary

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All of us would like direct feedback on how we are performing our missions. We hope that someone would reach out to let us know our hard work is meaningful and respected. Usually, however, we continue our work without direct encouragement, hoping it will have the impact we want to achieve.

I am fortunate to have recently received feedback directly from the founder of Joint Force Quarterly and internationally renowned four-star general and statesman, General Colin Powell. During this surprise communication, we discussed JFQ's history and impact, including the journal's role in promoting jointness itself. General Powell's comments validated my own feelings about the value of JFQ in the joint environment. He made it clear that the journal has been a great success, and it needs to continue its mission. He reiterated something I already know: the quality of our work is exceptional and the message promoting jointness is being heard. His final comments were "Job well done. Carry on the mission."

General Powell passed on two items that are included in this issue. The first is a letter containing some additional detail about the founding of the journal--a topic that was previously covered in the JFQ 83 Executive Summary. Accompanying this letter is his note to the joint force in 1991, summarizing his views on joint warfighting.

We continue our tradition of excellence in this issue. In the Forum, the next installment in our series of interviews with senior officers features the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Joseph L. Lengyel, USAF. He discusses the implications of gaining a seat at the table with the other joint chiefs. In his accompanying article, he elaborates on how the Guard is building on its achievements while enhancing its reputation as an operational reserve for the joint force. James M. Davitch next discusses how the wealth of unclassified data could be a valuable resource and what would be the best way to use it. Thomas Ayres provides us with a review of the law of war in cities, as some have questioned the legality of fighting in the urban environment--especially in current conflicts in which war has caused a great deal of destruction. Jeffrey Miller and Ian Corey lastly investigate how nonstate actors are able to fund their operations and suggest ways to target these activities.

JFQ next presents the winning essays from the 11th annual Secretary of Defense and 36th annual Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Essay Competitions, held here at National Defense University, in May 2017. Twenty-seven senior faculty members from 14 participating professional military education institutions served as judges to determine the best student entries among the three categories. The Secretary of Defense National Security Essay winner, Travis W. Reznik, examines the need for a new authorization of the use of military force, as the current authorization dates back to the immediate post-9/11 period. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Ray Ogden, USA, won the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Research Paper competition with his discussion of significant gaps in how we develop officers in military service. Nathaniel Kahler won the Chairman's Strategy Article competition by examining the Bashar al-Asad regime and its control of Syria in the long term. Details of next year's competitions can be found on the NDU Press Web site under "Essay Competitions. …

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