Accession Number:

ADA539800

Title:

Trust and Partnering with the Joint Team

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The 19th Chief of Staff of the Air Force CSAF listed five priorities in the 2008 Air Force Strategic Plan, the second of which is to Partner with the Joint and Coalition team to win todays fight. To identify priority areas to improve supporting the Joint team, the CSAF Executive Action Group surveyed all Combatant Commanders, their Air Component Commanders, and several senior Air Force mentors. The surveys did not include members of Coalition teams leading to this study being focused solely on Joint Partnering. The comments from the survey concluded that trust may be the most fundamental issue requiring attention between the Air Force and the rest of the Joint team. To fully understand the issue, this study discusses the factors that have been shown to contribute to the development of trust, how the Air Force can best increase trust and use it as a mechanism to increase combat effectiveness with the rest of the Joint team. Because trust is difficult if not impossible to quantify, understanding its components allows a more comprehensive analysis. The Cycle of Trust concept introduced in this paper emphasizes the need to address all individual components of the problem before trust can be realized. Finally, the authors apply trust theories to the specific task of increasing trust within the Joint team. The recommendations provided are informed by a year of dedicated study and many years of experience on the part of the interviewees.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE