Accession Number:

ADA463802

Title:

"When Sentiment Gives Way to Common Sense" The Emergent Joint Training Culture within the U.S. Military"

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

During World War II, George C. Marshall commented that Sentiment must give way to common sense to address his concern that service traditions can get in the way of doing what needs to be done to make our military the most effective fighting force. Operations in the Long War demonstrate that U.S. forces need greater interoperability at every echelon to conduct fully integrated joint operations. This paper examines the United States militarys shift in two decades from a service-specific to a joint operations mindset. It examines how the convergence of three factors the operational necessities of the Long War , a generational change in attitudes within the military Services about joint training, and institutional and statutory changes mandating greater joint training are providing momentum to an emergent joint training culture in the U.S. military. The paper stipulates that this culture is overcoming entrenched service cultures and politics. As a result, more joint training is producing a force capable of greater interoperability and integration than our current force.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE