Accession Number:

ADA526235

Title:

The Joint Strike Force: A Capability to Meet the Strategic Requirements in 2020

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The organizational paradigm must shift from the current joint headquarters design to a more adaptive and flexible structure to support rapid decisive operations that can respond to world-wide future threats and decisively achieve national security objectives. Many factors differentiate the Joint Strike Force JSF from a Joint Task Force JTF. The establishment and activation process of a JTF requires an inordinate amount of coordination and cooperation. Because of the lack of training and continuity associated with a new JTF there is a greater propensity to coordinate because units lack vertical and lateral relationships. The time required to stand up a JTF continues to detract from its ability to operate effectively. Future operations require that the U.S. military possess capabilities that can respond rapidly, efficiently, and with accurate precision a requirement that an ad-hoc JTF cannot accomplish. The very nature of the JSFs operational procedures eliminate these potential shortcomings. The JSF resembles a multi-service designated force with rapid offensive capabilities. The JSF is a rapidly deployable, combined arms force capable of limited intervention operations in an upper level, small-scale future contingency. Deploying directly into the Joint Operations Area, the JSF arrives with significant combat power to include ground forces within 24-96 hours. The JSF conducts rapid, decisive operations against the enemy it possesses capabilities that can deal with anti-access and asymmetric threats through Rapid Decisive Operations and Effects-Based Operations. The availability of a JSF most clearly distinguishes it from a typical JTF, especially when one considers training time. Adopting the JSF concept would eliminate friction points among the theater CINCs, the services, and the components because relationships would already exist and there would be no need to start from zero.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE