Campaigning: The Journal of the Joint Forces Staff College

Campaigning is a Joint Forces Staff College journal designed as a forum for students, faculty, and senior fellows to provide the broader joint professional military education community insights into the application of joint warfighting principles through critical analysis and strategic thinking on current and future operations at the operational level of war.

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Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the Campaigning journal. After a six-year hiatus, Campaigning was re-launched last spring to provide a forum for dialogue and discourse on topics relevant to leadership and planning at the operational level of war. This issue should not let you down: with essays that vary from a combatant command for the Arctic to how Joint staffs can leverage generational differences, this edition of Campaigning has a broad range of topics that illuminate many operational-level opportunities and challenges.
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Hello and welcome to the Spring 2015 version of Campaigning. I’m confident you’ll find this edition interesting as it takes on several issues highly pertinent to today’s joint warfighters.

Reflecting the composition of the staff at the Combatant Commands, the vast majority of joint professionals in our student body at the Joint Forces Staff College are the O-4s and O-5s responsible for translating strategic guidance to tactical actions. The messy and difficult task of functioning at the operational level of war takes a great deal of expertise, which emphasizes the importance of joint education specific to this mission.
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Educating the Joint force is the sole mission of the Joint Forces Staff College. A key component of the College’s educational approach is to develop in our students the ability to understand the concepts, principles, structures, and processes that Joint professionals apply or operate within now and in the future. On the surface, developing an understanding of Joint concepts appears a relatively simple educational task: read, discuss, and apply. In reality, developing an understanding of anything is far more difficult and time-consuming than many practitioners imagine. To develop an understanding in the manner in which General Martin Dempsey has described in his desired Leader Attributes for Joint Force 2020, the student must examine the past, leveraging hindsight to comprehend how today’s environment developed and why; it requires the student to analyze the current environment, leveraging insight to gain a deeper appreciation for the elements, purpose(s), and interrelationships of the present system; and, finally, it requires the student to analyze trends, leveraging foresight to develop the ability to recognize the possibilities, plausibilities, and probabilities of a dynamic future. In short, to operate successfully in today’s global security environment students need not only study the lessons learned, but the “lessons to be learned” as well.

The Fall 2015 edition of Campaigning addresses these three components of understanding: hindsight, insight, and foresight. We hope you enjoy this edition of Campaigning. You can let me know what you think by emailing me at  

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This current issue of Campaigning features an article from our leaders at the Joint Staff J-7. with an essay entitled “Campaigning Perspectives Through the Lens of Joint Doctrine and Education.”
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This current issue of Campaigning features publication of the address on The Long War and the Future Joint Force by General James N. Mattis, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command; given to the Joint Symposium on Strategic Re-Assessment at the National Defense University in June of this year. Our steadfast supporter and great friend, Dr. Milan Vego, has provided an article that addresses Objectives of Land Warfare; while Mr. Michael Collender and Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Deller have written a thoughtful piece titledScoping Complex Systems for the Joint Task Force Commander. Commander Thomas A. Zwolfer, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Januszka, Major Dennis S. Rand and Mr. Steve Engler have provided their JCWS award winning paper titled A Proposal for the Realignment of the Department of State and Department of Defense Areas of Responsibility.
Campaigning, Fall 2008
This quarter’s Campaigning features an article on “Military Objectives and the Levels of War” written by our dear friend and staunch supporter Dr. Milan Vego. Dr. Vego has provided a very thoughtful article focusing on an important aspect of campaign planning. Robert Kemp’s contribution to this edition is an extremely interesting and timely piece which discusses a variety of issues associated with Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Eastern Afghanistan.
Campaigning, Summer 2008
This quarter, Campaigning again features the Naval War College’s Dr. Milan Vego with his argument for the importance of considering the employment of an operational reserve. Dr. Keith Dickson, one of the Joint Forces Staff College’s own faculty members, offers an engaging article illuminating the importance of applying operational design when planning for operations in today’s complex battlespace. A current JAWS student, LCDR Tom Stuhlreyer, USCG, details the advantages and applicability of the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) model for contemporary joint and multinational operations. Each of these submissions should substantially contribute to the ongoing dialogue and debate surrounding our profession.
Campaigning, Spring 2007

This edition of CAMPAIGNING is full of articles which are invaluable to joint planners at the regional combatant commands and Joint Staff. Lieutenant General Sharp has provided an extremely insightful interview regarding many aspects of joint planning and the current dynamic nature of planning. His thoughts are particularly important based on his current position which requires him to oversee the management and review of joint operations plans for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Our good friend Fred Hof has provided an extremely insightful piece on Lebanon based on his many years of regional expertise. Fred’s Thinking about Lebanon is a “must read” for anyone who is involved in any type of planning for this region. Another friend, Major General Mihail ORZEAŢĂ, who we are proud to report, has recently been assigned as the Director of the Romanian General (Joint) Staff. We are extremely grateful for his continued support of our journal and wish him all the best in his new appointment. Robert Kemp has provided an extremely important work, based on his experiences with Provisional Reconstruction Teams in the Khost Province in Eastern Afghanistan. Robert has done a masterful job with this work and has provided a very valuable contribution to this extremely important function of interagency cooperation at the pointy end of the spear. Dave Gardener, who is currently a JAWS student, managed to find time to submit a worthwhile piece on the importance of end state development within the context of the Vietnam War.

Campaigning, Winter 2007

This issue includes articles from Dr. Milan Vego on the Systems Approach and its implications for the center of gravity. Major General Mihail Orzeata, Deputy Chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff, was very kind in finding time to prepare a very thoughtful piece on the effects air power has on achieving national objectives during conflict.Peter Harling has written an extremely enlightening analysis on the significance of the Battle of Falluja. We are very excited by Mr. Harling’s work based on his extensive experience in the region, especially Iraq. Commander Cary Krause has provided an analysis of sea basing and the relevance it will play during the 21st Century. And finally, Major Dave Jones provides the second part of a three part series, Planning to Plan. We hope you find each of these articles informative and enlightening.
Campaigning, Fall 2006

This volume of CAMPAIGNING contains some very timely articles. LTG Russel L. Honoré and COL (Ret) Barney Barnhill have provided a relevant piece on the complexity of dealing with the largest humanitarian assistance operation the United States has ever seen, the response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom Mr. Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. has provided the first of two essays which provide an extremely valuable and provocative interagency perspective necessary for military planners. And our dear friend Dr. Milan Vego has provided another powerful contribution discussing the concept of Center of Gravity. We are also pleased to announce our first international contribution from LtCol Philipp Eder and Capt Johann Fischer from the National Defense Academy in Vienna, Austria who provide an extraordinary interpretation on the application of the lines of operation. Additionally, Lt Col Jim Sears provides an analysis of the importance of the recently instituted six-phase planning construct. We hope you find each of these articles informative and enlightening.
Campaigning, Spring 2006

In this volume of Campaigning, Dr. Milan Vego, the author of Operational Warfare has contributed a thought provoking piece on the recently approved six phase construct for campaign planning. Fred Stein, co-author of Net Centric Warfare and Hugh Kelley have contributed a work addressing the implications of Net Work Centric Warfare at the operational level. Planning practitioners from the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) have also taken time from their busy schedule to contribute to making this journal a success. Representing the PACOM Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ), Brad Kaplan and Lieutenant Commander Dave Fields, describe the process used to integrate Effects Based Operations into the military decision making process. Also in this issue you will find the status of the awarding of the Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy as well as recently published case studies and the JAWS war plan collection, all of which are available online. As you can see, this is a very exciting publication.
Campaigning, Winter 2006