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Star Wars villain, Adam Driver served in the United-States Marine-Corps, serving for 3 years as an 81mm mortar man. He c...
12/02/2021

Star Wars villain, Adam Driver served in the United-States Marine-Corps, serving for 3 years as an 81mm mortar man. He continues to run a non-profit, Arts in the Armed Forces, which provides free arts programs for active and retired service members. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Star Wars villain, Adam Driver served in the United-States Marine-Corps, serving for 3 years as an 81mm mortar man. He continues to run a non-profit, Arts in the Armed Forces, which provides free arts programs for active and retired service members. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Service members celebrated #Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, 2016 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Soldiers enjoyed traditional cuisine...
11/25/2021

Service members celebrated #Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, 2016 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Soldiers enjoyed traditional cuisine served by numerous organizations leaders, senior service members and guest visitors. The holiday festivities also included a morning Turkey Trot 5k. #thowbackthursday #tbt

Service members celebrated #Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, 2016 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Soldiers enjoyed traditional cuisine served by numerous organizations leaders, senior service members and guest visitors. The holiday festivities also included a morning Turkey Trot 5k. #thowbackthursday #tbt

Union Troops take a break from the fighting to enjoy the first official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 (National Archives)...
11/25/2021

Union Troops take a break from the fighting to enjoy the first official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 (National Archives). #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Union Troops take a break from the fighting to enjoy the first official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 (National Archives). #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

U.S. Army Sgt. Frank Shiborski, from Detroit, Michigan, takes a break and enjoys a Thanksgiving turkey drumstick during ...
11/25/2021

U.S. Army Sgt. Frank Shiborski, from Detroit, Michigan, takes a break and enjoys a Thanksgiving turkey drumstick during World War II on Nov 22, 1944.

U.S. Army Sgt. Frank Shiborski, from Detroit, Michigan, takes a break and enjoys a Thanksgiving turkey drumstick during World War II on Nov 22, 1944.

The past decades have witnessed the rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a Great Power and its orchestration ...
11/22/2021
Degrading China’s Integrated Maritime Campaign

The past decades have witnessed the rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a Great Power and its orchestration of an integrated maritime campaign using irregular warfare (IW)—for example, economic coercion, diplomatic intimidation, lawfare, and hacking of information technology systems—to control the South China Sea (SCS). This essay by Douglas Verblaau examines this maritime campaign’s IW tactics and describes how the United States can launch an effective countercampaign to reestablish order in the SCS by creating a surveillance network and strengthening regional security institutions.

The past decades have witnessed the rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a Great Power and its orchestration of an integrated maritime campaign using Irregular warfare—for example, economic

PRC’s historical deterrence signaling can potentially give knowledge to US leaders about potential actions that the Chin...
11/18/2021
Reading the Tea Leaves: Understanding Chinese Deterrence Signaling

PRC’s historical deterrence signaling can potentially give knowledge to US leaders about potential actions that the Chinese may take to signal its interests and escalate or deescalate a crisis. “Chinese deterrence practice is generally in line with Western coercion theory. However, there are meaningful nuances in Beijing’s methods. Chinese deterrence signaling emphasizes seizing initiatives, using risk as a deterrence tool, avoiding public threats, and preferring ambiguity to avoid overtly linking threats and demands.” Charles Carter discusses the topic of understanding Chinese military deterrence in his new article for JFQ.

This essay seeks to illuminate Beijing’s deterrence signaling by reviewing key concepts in Western deterrence theory to provide a foundation for discussion. With this foundation laid, the essay then

Bob Ross did more than just paint in front of a TV camera. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force at 18 years ol...
11/18/2021

Bob Ross did more than just paint in front of a TV camera. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force at 18 years old and served as a medical records technician. He spent 20 years in the service, rising up to the rank of Master Sergeant. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Bob Ross did more than just paint in front of a TV camera. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force at 18 years old and served as a medical records technician. He spent 20 years in the service, rising up to the rank of Master Sergeant. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Join us on November 18 for a Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Spotlight Webinar discussion on “China’...
11/16/2021
CSWMD Spotlight Series: China’s Coercive Toolkit in Strategic Competition

Join us on November 18 for a Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Spotlight Webinar discussion on “China’s Coercive Toolkit in Strategic Competition” with the Asia Program Director at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bonnie Glaser. This talk will address China’s coercive efforts as sources of power in a strategically competitive environment.

China’s Coercive Toolkit in Strategic Competition

General McConville has stated, “In the face of determined adversaries and accelerating technological advances, we must t...
11/16/2021
Project Convergence: Achieving Overmatch by Solving Joint Problems

General McConville has stated, “In the face of determined adversaries and accelerating technological advances, we must transform today to meet tomorrow’s challenges.” This article discusses how the U.S. Army Futures Command, in cooperation with the #airforce, #navy, #marinecorps and coalition partners, is doing to advance emerging technologies to ensure that we achieve convergence.

United States Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps

As the United States confronts Great Power competition (GPC), incremental improvements to individual Service capabilities will not produce a military able to decisively win on the battlefield. The

There are no detailed blueprints that we can draw upon for how to best exploit new technologies in every case, but histo...
11/01/2021
Wartime Innovation and Learning

There are no detailed blueprints that we can draw upon for how to best exploit new technologies in every case, but history remains our best source for generating the right questions in the future.

The following case study details how one leader effectively integrated new operational concepts with a novel technological device to generate a capability in a combat theater. A collection of

How the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman  position developed mirrors how other such senior enlisted advisor posit...
10/29/2021
History of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

How the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman position developed mirrors how other such senior enlisted advisor positions began and reflects the evolution of jointness.

How the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) position developed mirrors how other such senior enlisted advisor positions began and reflects the evolution of jointness.

A successfully reformed PLA backed by an increasingly powerful state will be a potent fighting force, but like any fight...
10/28/2021
Understanding the Vulnerabilities in China’s New Joint Force

A successfully reformed PLA backed by an increasingly powerful state will be a potent fighting force, but like any fighting system, it will have weaknesses that can lead to its defeat. An incomplete set of theater-level command delegations and the high level of centralization that remains with the CMC could constitute a significant vulnerability.

This article analyzes PLA reforms and identifies vulnerabilities in China’s new joint force. The first section analyzes the changes to the Central Military Commission (CMC), the highest level of the

In a constrained 10-month master’s degree program that must meet and excel at the tasks stipulated in the JPME program f...
10/27/2021
Educating Senior Service College Students on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

In a constrained 10-month master’s degree program that must meet and excel at the tasks stipulated in the JPME program for the Process of Accreditation of Joint Education requirements, an outcomes-based military education has no room for extraneous material. Senior Service college (SSC) curricula are a delicately balanced mix of subjects, discussions, applied thinking and exercises, and student evaluations. The unfortunate reality is that adding important topics or material to the SSC curriculum requires removing equally important material—and often upsets the delicate balance that has built over time.

In a constrained 10-month master’s degree program that must meet and excel at the tasks stipulated in the joint professional military education (JPME) program for the Process of Accreditation of Joint

The concern that China might try to seize Taiwan is preoccupying American military planners and administration officials...
10/26/2021
Does Taiwan’s Military Stand a Chance Against China? Few Think So

The concern that China might try to seize Taiwan is preoccupying American military planners and administration officials. Few of them think Taiwan’s military could hold the line.

Poor preparation and low morale are pressing concerns for Taiwan’s armed forces. One conscript said his basic training mainly involved sweeping leaves, moving spare tires and pulling weeds.

The offense-defense balance is shifting in each of the 6 warfighting domains. Interactions between the domains could fur...
10/25/2021
The Tactical Defense Becomes Dominant Again

The offense-defense balance is shifting in each of the 6 warfighting domains. Interactions between the domains could further reinforce the defense. What does the shift to defense dominance mean for the Nation?

It has become widely accepted that the convergence of technological advances is leading to a revolution in military affairs or perhaps even a military revolution. One of the unanswered questions

The willingness of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to give billions of dollars in loans across Latin America create...
10/20/2021
The PRC’s Changing Strategic Priorities in Latin America: From Soft Power to Sharp Power C

The willingness of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to give billions of dollars in loans across Latin America created the perception that the PRC is spending unlimited resources to woo allies in a region where the United States historically carries significant influence. Currently, the PRC is heightening this perception by delivering millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Latin America, buttressed by a robust media operation to shape the information environment. Far less visible are the PRC’s concerted regional efforts to reshape commercial supply chain architecture, cyber and telecommunications systems, and markets to depend on Chinese technologies, standards, and hardware for the PRC’s long-term benefit and America’s loss.

The willingness of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to give billions of dollars in loans across Latin America created the perception that the PRC is spending unlimited resources to woo allies in a

The passing of General Colin Powell is an enormous loss to the country and it is one the National Defense University Pre...
10/18/2021

The passing of General Colin Powell is an enormous loss to the country and it is one the National Defense University Press feels very deeply. Our flagship journal, Joint Force Quarterly, is the vision of Colin Powell. In the inaugural issue, General Powell wrote, "Don't read the pages that follow if you are looking for the establishment point of view or the conventional wisdom. Pick up JFQ for controversy, debate, new ideas, and fresh insights—for the cool yet lively interplay among some of the finest minds committed to the profession of arms." This has been our informal mission statement and we've gone to great lengths to protect and execute the general's vision.

The staff will miss the general's letters and visits. JFQ was a source of great pride for General Powell. We will continue to work hard to ensure the general’s legacy remains one of the most thoroughly read and influential journals in our profession.

The passing of General Colin Powell is an enormous loss to the country and it is one the National Defense University Press feels very deeply. Our flagship journal, Joint Force Quarterly, is the vision of Colin Powell. In the inaugural issue, General Powell wrote, "Don't read the pages that follow if you are looking for the establishment point of view or the conventional wisdom. Pick up JFQ for controversy, debate, new ideas, and fresh insights—for the cool yet lively interplay among some of the finest minds committed to the profession of arms." This has been our informal mission statement and we've gone to great lengths to protect and execute the general's vision.

The staff will miss the general's letters and visits. JFQ was a source of great pride for General Powell. We will continue to work hard to ensure the general’s legacy remains one of the most thoroughly read and influential journals in our profession.

JFQ 103 has just hit our (virtual) shelf. This issue includes the winning essays from our annual Secretary of Defense an...
10/15/2021
Joint Force Quarterly Issue 103

JFQ 103 has just hit our (virtual) shelf. This issue includes the winning essays from our annual Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Essay Competitions, along with features from a number of seasoned national security professionals. We hope you'll let us know which articles resonate with you.

Let us know what questions and answers you might have about one of humanity's most difficult issues—war. We are here to listen.

The Joseph Biden administration can manage its recalibration of relations with Saudi Arabia without unwarranted fear tha...
06/15/2021
Russia and Saudi Arabia: Old Disenchantments, New Challenges

The Joseph Biden administration can manage its recalibration of relations with Saudi Arabia without unwarranted fear that Riyadh will view Russia as a safe-harbor alternative to the United States on a myriad of state-to-state interactions that are most important to the Kingdom. Read "Russia and Saudi Arabia: Old Disenchantments, New Challenges" by John W. Parker and Thomas F. Lynch III in INSS's Strategic Perspectives 35.

The Joseph Biden administration can manage its recalibration of relations with Saudi Arabia without unwarranted fear that Riyadh will view Russia as a safe-harbor alternative to the United States on a

New book alert! "The PLA Beyond Borders" from @ndupress  covers #China’s military ops in the #IndoPacific and its expand...
06/10/2021

New book alert! "The PLA Beyond Borders" from @ndupress covers #China’s military ops in the #IndoPacific and its expanding overseas reach. Visit the book site at https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Publications/Books/PLA-Beyond-Borders/ to read the free, full-text PDF or to order complimentary print copies. #PLABeyondBorders #INSS #ndupress

New book alert! "The PLA Beyond Borders" from @ndupress covers #China’s military ops in the #IndoPacific and its expanding overseas reach. Visit the book site at https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Publications/Books/PLA-Beyond-Borders/ to read the free, full-text PDF or to order complimentary print copies. #PLABeyondBorders #INSS #ndupress

Iran's ongoing and multifaceted campaigns of disinformation and carefully curated messages—coordinated with Russian and ...
06/07/2021
Iran in Latin America: Malign Alliances, “Super Spreaders,” and Alternative Narratives

Iran's ongoing and multifaceted campaigns of disinformation and carefully curated messages—coordinated with Russian and Venezuelan state media companies and thousands of allied Internet and social media accounts—pose a strategic challenge to U.S. interests and regional efforts to promote stability, democratic values, and the rule of law. Read "Iran in Latin America: Malign Alliances, 'Super Spreaders,' and Alternative Narratives," by Douglas Farah and Alexa Tavarez in INSS's Strategic Perspectives 34.

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In JFQ 1, General Powell wrote, “Don’t read the pages that follow if you are looking for the establishment point of view...
04/01/2021
Joint Force Quarterly Issue 101

In JFQ 1, General Powell wrote, “Don’t read the pages that follow if you are looking for the establishment point of view or the conventional wisdom. Pick up JFQ for controversy, debate, new ideas, and fresh insights—for the cool yet lively interplay among some of the finest minds committed to the profession of arms.” After 100 issues, this continues to be our informal mission statement.

Highlights from our latest issue include:
- Jointness Replaced by Kongness?
- Strategic Overmatch: East Meets West
- Rethinking Morthra’s Role in 21st-Century Kaiju Warfare

JFQ 101: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-101.aspx

Don’t read the pages that follow if you are looking for the establishment point of view or the conventional wisdom.

Where the daunting challenges that have become everyday life in a global pandemic continue to mount, and your Joint Forc...
02/17/2021
Joint Force Quarterly Issue 100

Where the daunting challenges that have become everyday life in a global pandemic continue to mount, and your Joint Force Quarterly team is rolling out this 100th issue. Since the first issue in 1993, JFQ has had 9 Chairmen, 7 editors in chief, 40 staff members who collectively published nearly 2,000 articles, hundreds of book reviews, with thousands of photographs and graphics, on more than 12,000 pages. JFQ has remained the leading source of what General Powell wanted us to be: “the voice of the joint warfighter.”

We all have work to do to secure the liberties and Republic we all hold dear. The joint force is a key and essential element of the Nation’s success.

The United States, China & Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War
02/11/2021
The United States, China & Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War

The United States, China & Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War

Co-hosted with PRISM, the NDU Press Journal of Complex Operations. Join the NDU Foundation for an interactive discussion with the world’s leading experts on U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip Zelikow.

The world is grappling with an “infodemic” as well as a pandemic, and both require a whole-of-society approach to be suc...
02/08/2021
Social Media Weaponization: The Biohazard of Russian Disinformation Campaigns

The world is grappling with an “infodemic” as well as a pandemic, and both require a whole-of-society approach to be successfully addressed.

In a renewed era of Great Power competition, the United States is faced with adversaries engaging across multiple domains without the traditional distinctions of war and peace. America’s competitors

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The offense-defense balance is shifting in each of the 6 warfighting domains. Interactions between the domains could further reinforce the defense. What does the shift to defense dominance mean for the Nation?
More praise for Claudia Hauer's (St. John's College) 'Strategic Humanism: Lessons on Leadership from the Ancient Greeks'! Check out Christopher Kuennen's excellent review of the book in Joint Force Quarterly from National Defense University Press - NDU Press:
Simplicity: A Tool for Working with Complexity and Chaos "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Anonymous The U.S. Army, and joint force as a whole, tend to add processes, checklists, and complexity in their attempts to provide doctrinal solutions for generating understanding. Dale Eikmeier, an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, provides multiple examples of this in the linked National Defense University Press - NDU Press article. To combat our trained tendency to complicate things, Eikmeier recommends adopting heuristics to achieve simplification with the end goal of promoting agile thinking and increasing the speed of decision making. HEURISTICS DEFINED: - Recognition or Availability Heuristic: a tool that aids problem-solving and decision-making by making already stored information more easily recalled (recall tool). - Representative Heuristic: a tool that aids decision-making by providing a mental prototype to compare with the current situation (model for comparison). HOW HEURISTICS WORK: 1. Limited Memory - We all have limited memory. Packaging information into manageable, easily remembered bundles using an availability heuristic enables people to rapidly recall the information they need, even during a crisis. 2. Complexity-Induced Procrastination - Using a framework or model, a representative heuristic, enables people to overcome the inertia commonly associated with boatloads of complex information and jumpstart problem-solving and decision-making. These simple models prevent people from becoming lost in the details of laborious processes without grasping the big picture. 3. Distraction Caused by Overload - This is simply recognizing that the answer to information overload is less, not more. BENEFITS OF HEURISTICS AND SIMPLICITY: - Reduce complexity. - Provide a manageable set of choices for action. - Combat "paralysis by analysis." - Facilitate informed, timely, and acceptable problem-solving and decision-making solutions. CAUTIONS AND LIMITATIONS: - An unthinking use of heuristics can lead to bias and poor judgment. - Tendency to oversimplify that which is not actually simple. **To overcome these limitations, understand how to use heuristics as well as which biases they can lead to. Pair this understanding with critical thinking. **When time allows, conduct a more detailed study of complex environments and problems using heuristics as a start point only, then reassess and adjust accordingly. FAMILIAR EXAMPLES: METT-C, OCOKA, DIME, PMESII-PT LESS FAMILIAR EXAMPLES: RAFT (Relationships, Actors, Functions, and Tensions), RCP (Remove, Change, and Provide) Remember, the key to time-sensitive decision-making in complex and chaotic situations is simplicity, not complexity. Use heuristics as one of many tools to accomplish this simplification! This article has a lot more to unpack. I recommend you read it completely and save it for future reference and as a tool for a future LPD. Read the whole article here: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1737131/simplicity-a-tool-for-working-with-complexity-and-chaos/fbclid/IwAR1qo-2Y1g7qC1wLdQBPLONHYXCSSFTVI6va0QHyCoJ5xSxVe31n8DKZZJo/ What are some heuristics you have used? Do you agree with the author's thesis? U.S. Army Combined Arms Center 1st Medical Brigade 70H Medical Operations Officers 44th Medical Brigade 62ND MEDICAL BRIGADE 65th Medical Brigade Assistant Corps Chief for Reserve Affairs, Medical Service Corps Medical Service Corps Chief U.S. Army Mission Command Center of Excellence Mission Command Training Program U.S. Air Force Medical Service - AFMS Doctrine Man The Company Leader Silver Caduceus Association
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