A true operational reserve?
In this issue, Joint Force Quarterly explores the Reserve Components (RC) of the U.S. Armed Forces and our progress in realizing the 1973 Total Force Policy as it evolves toward the operational reserve force delineated in Department of Defense (DOD) Directive, Managing the Reserve Components as an Operational Force (October 2008). An operational reserve provides capabilities and strategic depth to meet U.S. defense requirements across the full spectrum of conflict. In their operational roles, RCs participate in a range of missions according to their Services’ force generation plans. While the current high operational tempo of the RC is commonly cited as a shift from a more traditional strategic reserve to an operational one, the difference between the two is not clear or even exclusive. To some degree, the RC seems a victim of its competence and flexibility, constantly in tension between demands for a strategic or operational reserve as assessments and perceptions of national security threats change...
Michael G. Mullen
From the Chairman
James T. Currie
Senior Officer Professional Military Education as an Equalizer
Niel A. Smith
Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil Tigers
Tarn D. Warren
ISAF and Afghanistan: The Impact of Failure on NATO's Future
Roy Godson and Richard H. Shultz, Jr.
A QDR for All Seasons? The Pentagon Is Not Preparing for the Most Likely Conflicts
Is the Conduct of War a Business?
Hans F. Palaoro
Information Strategy: The Missing Link
Charles D. Allen
Redress of Professional Military Education: The Clarion Call
Andrew R. Milburn
Breaking Ranks: Dissent and the Military Professional
Strategic Communication in the New Media Sphere
Wesley R. Andrues
What U.S. Cyber Command Must Do
Cindy A. Hurst
China's Ace in the Hole: Rare Earth Elements
Paul C. Hurley and John J. Abbatiello
Responsible Drawdown: Synchronizing the Joint Vision
Kathleen H. Hicks and Samuel J. Brannen
Force Planning in the 2010 QDR
Gregory A. Thiele
Operation Albion and Joint Amphibious Doctrine
Mark R. Hagerott, Thomas J. Umberg, and Joseph A. Jackson
A Patchwork Strategy of Consensus: Establishing Rule of Law in Afghanistan
John D. Becker
Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?
Intelligence for an Age of Terror