Joint Force Quarterly 79

Joint Force Quarterly 79

(4th Quarter, October 2015)

Trends in Defense Analysis

  • Integrity in Military Writing
  • 2015 Essay Competition Winners

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Executive Summary

By William T. Eliason

As this column is written, a number of significant events are occurring that will shape the future joint force. The barriers to women engaging in ground combat are being reassessed and, in all likelihood, most if not all will be removed.

Defense Intelligence Analysis in the Age of Big Data

By Paul B. Symon and Arzan Tarapore

Over the past decade, the U.S. and Australian intelligence communities have evolved rapidly to perform new missions. They have developed new capabilities and adapted their business processes, especially in support of joint and complex military operations. But in the coming decade, their greatest challenge will be to develop new capabilities to manage and exploit big data.

Transforming Defense Analysis

By Catherine Johnston, Elmo C. Wright, Jr., Jessica Bice, Jennifer Almendarez, and Linwood Creekmore

The Defense Intelligence Enterprise is on the precipice of tremendous change. The global environment is experiencing a mind-numbing quantity and diversity of challenging crises.

Improving Joint Interagency Coordination: Changing Mindsets

By Alexander L. Carter

Despite some rare successes in interagency work between the Department of Defense (DOD) and other partners in the past 20 years, successful interagency teamwork remains elusive across the combatant commands.

Decentralized Stability Operations and Mission Command

By Jeffrey M. Shanahan

The complexity, turbulence, and dynamism inherent in postconflict environments make setting the clear, concise objectives and engendering the shared understanding so critical to successful mission command exceedingly difficult.

Essay Competitions

Winners of the 2015 Writing Competitions

By NDU Press

In 2015, the 9th 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 U.S. Government structure, policies, capabilities, resources, and/or practices and to provide creative, feasible ideas on how best to orchestrate the core competencies of our national security institution.

Time to Come in from the Cold (War): Nuclear Force Structure for an Uncertain World

By Wallace Turnbull III

The U.S. nuclear deterrent is at a turning point. Seven decades have passed since a nuclear weapon was used, and many noted leaders have called for the abolition of nuclear weapons altogether—a “Global Zero.”

Strategic Development of Special Warfare in Cyberspace

By Patrick Michael Duggan

How does the United States develop a strategic cyber-enabled special warfare capability? Why are regional powers such as Iran and Russia better prepared for cyber-enabled special warfare operations than the United States?

Countering Extremist Groups in Cyberspace

By Robert William Schultz

Cyberspace has also enabled extremist groups to adopt decentralized organizational structures with indiscernible command hierarchies, making them difficult to identify and target using conventional military power.

JPME Today

Writing, Integrity, and National Security

By Larry D. Miller and Laura A. Wackwitz

Advanced professional military education (PME) affords senior officers the opportunity to acquire solid intellectual footing and enter the strategic dialogue following over 20 years of progressively more responsible leadership.

Extending the Shelf Life of Teachers in Professional Military Education

By William G. Pierce, James E. Gordon, and Paul C. Jussel

Over the past several years, a number of authors addressing professional military education (PME) have expressed frustration about and occasionally disdain for retired military officers who serve on the faculties of Department of Defense (DOD) senior-level colleges (SLCs).


Why War Plans, Really?

By Robert A. Gleckler

War plans are used, leveraged, and cited for more than just war planning, and this carries inherent risks. The most common misuse of war plans usually stems from fundamental misunderstandings of the role of any single war plan or war plans in general and of the conceptual timeframes for their execution.


The Impact of Rising Compensation Costs on Force Structure

By Mark F. Cancian

The battle lines have been drawn: containing the growth of military personnel costs is either “a strategic imperative” or “breaking faith with those who have sacrificed so much.”

The Case for the Joint Theater Air Missile Defense Board

By S. Edward Boxx and Jason Schuyler

Consider this possible scenario: A rogue nation threatens to fire ballistic missiles at the United States and its regional allies. In response, a forward-deployed U.S. Army radar transitions to high alert and continually scans the stratosphere, intending to detect and track the adversary’s ballistic missiles.

Expanding Combat Power Through Military Cyber Power Theory

By Sean Charles Gaines Kern

Military theories help strategists and planners think about, plan for, and generate joint combat power. A codified theory for military cyber power would greatly aid the joint force commander (JFC) in integrating cyberspace operations with joint operations, resulting in expanded combat power.


The Gallipoli Campaign: Learning from a Mismatch of Strategic Ends and Means

By Raymond Adams

World War I began on July 28, 1914, 1 month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir-apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Most Europeans expected the conflict to be short—“over by Christmas” was a common refrain—and relatively inexpensive in terms of blood and treasure.

Book Reviews

The Commander-in-Chief

Reviewed by Alice A. Booher

James P. Terry long wore the mantle of being one of the most prolific writers in the areas of security and international law. In 2013 and 2014, his books The War on Terror and Russia and the Relationship Between Law and Power were recognized as providing articulate, extraordinary analyses of both subjects.

The Invisible Wounds of War

Reviewed by David F. Eisler

Marguerite Bouvard focuses her attention in The Invisible Wounds of War through individual stories that, though incredibly moving, perpetuate many of the sensationalized stereotypes that have plagued the veteran community.

Thieves of State

Reviewed by William H. Waggy II

Spring in Afghanistan brings the annual renewal from winter’s snowmelt, as rivers threaten their banks and bring much-needed water to the country’s valleys. This year, spring brought the onslaught of another seasonal occurrence: the annual evidence of rampant corruption in Afghanistan.

Joint Doctrine

Interorganizational Cooperation—Part I of III: The Interagency Perspective

By James C. McArthur, William D. Betts, Nelson R. Bregón, Faith M. Chamberlain, George E. Katsos, Mark C. Kelly, E. Craig Levy, Matthew L. Lim, Kimberly K. Mickus, and Paul N. Stockton

In 2012, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed the Armed Forces to expand the envelope of interagency cooperation. His edict inspired a profusion of Department of Defense (DOD) literature cataloging the challenges of working with non-DOD organizations.

Lessons about Lessons: Growing the Joint Lessons Learned Program

By Jon T. Thomas and Douglas L. Schultz

Lessons learned programs are traditionally used to improve organizational performance. As such, in a very true sense, these programs are “leader’s programs” or top-down leadership tools. But at the same time, there is another equally important aspect that sometimes gets overlooked.

Joint Doctrine Update

By The Joint Staff

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