Joint Force Transformation: Are We There Yet?
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT AND COMBINED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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Todays Department of Defense DOD is in the center of a whirlwind of change precipitated by new technologies, unsettled societal shifts, and the strategic context of the Global War on Terrorism. Analysts from all sides are calling for the U.S. military to transform itself into a more coherently joint force for the new century that is higher tech, lower cost, and more rapidly adaptable while operating across the spectrum of operations from peacekeeping to total war. However, there are many significant challenges to fully achieving this transformation. Although defense transformation will increase joint force capabilities in the near term, its major benefits will be realized only after the parochial cultures and institutional processes of each Service are modified. Even though there are huge technological evolutions in progress and each Service is already becoming more agile and mobile, success will ultimately depend on the transformation of the mindset of military people. When trying to understand the overall defense transformation process, one must start by defining defense transformation and by reviewing the status of transformation from Service perspectives as well as from a DOD and a joint perspective.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics