Expanding Our Vision of Jointness: Pursuing Joint Force Developmental Strategies
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Amidst the tumultuous environment of the last decade, the U.S. military has made significant progress towards jointness following the impetus from operational experiences in Vietnam, Desert 1, and Grenada and Congressional prodding via the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act. However, that progress has primarily occurred in the force employment component of military strategy and at the operational art level and below. By comparison, little attention or emphasis has been placed on jointness in the force developmental component of military strategy. This paper will examine some of the reasons for that nearsightedness, explore the resulting national security implications, and pose broad, conceptual approaches to extend jointness across the full spectrum of national security and military strategy considerations. Specifically, the paper will advocate a broader application of joint strategy to enable planners to manage uncertainty, integrate diverse capabilities and better retain military power with decidedly smaller forces. The gist of these proposed practices is a greater, reinvigorated commitment to an axiom of strategy guiding planning, leading action.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics