Nation Before Service: The Evolution of Joint Operations to a Capabilities-Based Mindset
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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This thesis constitutes an analysis of a newly developed paradigm governing future inter-service operations. Globally Integrated Operations is currently being promoted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the model upon which the future Joint Force should be based. To set the stage for an assessment of the need for, and viability of, Globally Integrated Operations, I first analyze the evolution of attitudes within the US DOD regarding inter-service operations. From the US Civil War through to the modern-day operations of OEF and OIF, the historical record indicates that the currently prescribed shift within the Joint Force is not unique. The prism through which this evolution is examined consists of three principles the de jure, the de facto, and the available technology which, together, have resulted in differing degrees of unity of effort, in turn producing shifts in attitudes on inter-service operations. Having demonstrated that the mindset toward and employment of inter-service operations has continuously evolved, I next identify the components of the current presumptive anomaly that necessitate the adoption of a new paradigm. Through the evaluation of the Joint Force s ability to meet mandates of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 and expectations of the future strategic environment, I conclude that the current construct of, and prevalent attitude regarding, the Joint Force is not capable of effectively addressing future security threats. Ultimately, this shortfall places the nation s ability to project power globally in the future at risk. Finally, I examine the various aspects of the recently unveiled concepts of Globally Integrated Operations and Cross-Domain Synergy. Elements of Cross- Domain Integration, specifically, with a focus on a capabilities-based approach, are applied to counter risks and concerns left unaddressed within published concepts of Globally Integrated Operations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics