Accession Number : ADA524598


Title :   Transforming Joint Warfighting Capabilities


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Jasper, Scott E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a524598.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 9


Abstract : The global war on terrorism has validated the need for accelerating military transformation. The national security strategy directed the process to examine how enemies may fight, rather than where and when, reaffirming a shift from threat-based to capabilities- based planning. Moreover, the Secretary of Defense instructed the Armed Forces to first pursue the global war on terrorism, and second strengthen joint warfighting capabilities. Those capabilities are critical in deterring and defeating enemies that rely on surprise, deception, and asymmetric warfare. Military transformation is the process of rendering previous methods of warfare obsolete by changes in operational concepts, organizational structures, and technologies. U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and the Joint Staff are working under guidance from the Office of Force Transformation and the Chairman to improve joint warfighting capabilities through initiatives such as joint force command and control, dominant maneuver, and rapid decisive operations; standing joint force headquarters; and joint experimentation with emerging technologies in events such as Millennium Challenge. Transformation documentation has identified various capabilities required to dominate across military operations, including standing, deployable command and control systems, rapidly deployable and sustainable mission- oriented and tailored joint forces, pervasive targeting, shared situational awareness, precision effects, strategic mobility, and layered force protection. The challenge is systematically prioritizing, testing, and fielding broad capabilities while avoiding theoretical and bureaucratic pitfalls in concept and architecture developments. In addition, getting these capabilities to warfighters in a timely fashion is critical, particularly in the information age with its rapid and compressed changes.


Descriptors :   *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , NATIONAL SECURITY , TERRORISM , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , REPRINTS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE