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The real air war – Doctrine

The real air war – Doctrine – Brief Article Joint Pub 3-51, Joint Doctrine for Electronic Warfare, provides an overview as well as definitions of key terms and concepts. Moreover, the volume covers multinational aspects of electronic warfare. Friction has occurred in recent operations when allies discovered that various electronic warfare (EW) assets employed together […]

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The operational challenges of Task Force Hawk

The operational challenges of Task Force Hawk – Kosovo John Gordon, IV Operation Allied Force was a major NATO success. The Alliance withstood competing national agendas and divisive political pressures while conducting a 78-day campaign that ended violence against Albanian Kosovars. Serb forces withdrew from Kosovo and refugees returned home. Yet the conflict also raised […]

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Seeking synergy: joint effects-based operations

Seeking synergy: joint effects-based operations Price T. Bingham In August, 2001, Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, said the Pentagon engaged in “a very significant paradigm shift” in the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review. (1) As he later explained, “We are trying to move from a threat-based strategy to a capabilities-based strategy,” making it possible […]

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Winning on the ground – Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century – Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy

Winning on the ground – Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century – Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy – Book Review John S. Brown Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century by Jonathan M. House Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2001 364 pp. $19.95 [ISBN: 0-7006-1081-2] Clash of Arms: How […]

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Joint special operations in support of Earnest Will – Joint Chiefs of Staff

Joint special operations in support of Earnest Will – Joint Chiefs of Staff – Operation Earnest Will, Middle East 1987 David B. Christ On the night of July 23, 1987, there was news of an unusual amount of naval activity around the small Iranian island of Farsi in the northern Persian Gulf. Rear Admiral Harold […]

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joint doctrine and the Malayan Emergency

Civil-military operations: joint doctrine and the Malayan Emergency Joel E. Hamby How should the Armed Forces organize to work with civil authorities in military operations other than war (MOOTW)? The British experience during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 was a case in which doctrine was wanting; yet the deficiency was offset by innovation […]

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Underpinning Saudi national security strategy

Underpinning Saudi national security strategy Naef Bin Ahmed Al-Saud Though nations can’t choose their location, they can determine how to deal with geographic realities. Surrounded by states with great ambitions, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is as large as the United States east of the Mississippi and has vast wealth for a relatively small population. […]

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Operational planning and conflict termination

Operational planning and conflict termination – United States armed forces John R. Boule, II Although the Armed Forces have proven themselves a capable policy instrument, the Nation has always struggled with conflict termination. America has often prevailed militarily while failing to achieve policy goals quickly and efficiently. A scan of joint publications suggests that military […]

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Lessons from the war in Kosovo

Lessons from the war in Kosovo Benjamin S. Lambeth Allied Force, the most intense and sustained military operation in Europe since World War II, represented the first extended use of force by NATO as well as the first major combat operation conducted for humanitarian objectives against a state committing atrocities within its own borders. At […]

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The military utility of understanding adversary culture

The military utility of understanding adversary culture Montgomery McFate And when people are entering upon a war they do things the wrong way around. Action comes first, and it is only when they have already suffered that they begin to think.–Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War Cultural knowledge and warfare are inextricably bound. Knowledge of one’s adversary […]