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Information operations as a core competency

Information operations as a core competency Christopher J. Lamb The United States fields the most capable military the world has seen. Some are concerned that the Nation will settle into complacency and wait for the historic norm–for the high cost of military failure to stimulate change. Such repose would be inconsistent with the record of […]

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Indo-Paki dialectic – Letters – Brief Article

Indo-Paki dialectic – Letters – Brief Article – Letter to the Editor Kenneth R. Totty To the Editor–On the fate of Kashmir, what “history shows” as Rahul Pandit would have it in his response to my article, “Nuclear Proliferation on the Indian Subcontinent” (JFQ, Spring 2000), is that the facts are not compelling for either […]

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Center of gravity: what Clausewitz really meant

Center of gravity: what Clausewitz really meant Joseph L. Strange The Armed Forces have come a long way in understanding centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities. The former are equated to strength; the latter to weakness. As stated in The Joint Staff Officer’s Guide, multiple centers of gravity may exist on a given level of […]

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The evolution of peace operations doctrine

The evolution of peace operations doctrine Richard B. Lovelock Transforming Kosovo is a multifaceted challenge requiring a comprehensive and incremental response. Political, security, legal, and economic issues must be addressed as a coordinated whole to ensure a durable peace. Thus the military contribution must be integrated within the overall framework. Lessons can be drawn from […]

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The evolution of joint warfare

The evolution of joint warfare – Joint Warfighting Williamson Murray Joint warfare is largely a phenomenon of the last century. Yet ever since the 17th century, as Western militaries developed into professional, disciplined institutions responsive to their rulers, many states have sought to project power abroad. Technology has increasingly shaped the conduct of war, forcing […]

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War by any name. – Winning Ugly: NATO’S War to Save Kosovo – Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond

War by any name. – Winning Ugly: NATO’S War to Save Kosovo – Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond – book review Kalev Sepp Winning Ugly: NATO’S War to Save Kosovo by Ivo H. Daalder and Michael E. O’Hanlon Washington: Brookings Institute Press, 2000. 343 pp. $24-.95 [ISBN: 0-8157-1696-6] Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond by Michael […]

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The joint force: a decade, no progress

The joint force: a decade, no progress – JFQ Forum Douglas A. Macgregor Ever since the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the gaze of Congress has been firmly fixed on the need for jointness. The conviction that 21st century operations will involve land, sea, and air forces is buttressed by the perception that technological advances […]