The Problem Of Total Joint Force

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The problem the total Joint Force (JF) 2025 will face will be consistent emerging “gray zone” threats that include hybrid and near peer competitors trying to tip the balance in the global security environment. In addition, as the Department of Defense (DOD) learned from past wars while its resources reduce, the total JF 2025 must adapt and become more agile in countering these emerging threats. The DOD has provided the strategic and military guidance along with associated posturing statements for the complementary capabilities of strategic adaptability and agility that will enable the rebalancing of the total JF 2025, support future contingency operations, and mitigate risk. Recently General Dunford stated, “a ready JF is one that can effectively meet the steady-state requirements of the combatant commanders, deter our adversaries, and respond decisively in the event of a contingency.” The total JF in 2025 will need to adapt and become more agile faster than these emerging threats. It will also need to continue deterring global adversaries if it wants to sustain enduring strategic and operational success while remaining decisive in supporting the national defense strategy.
The DOD has released multiple documents since 2012 in support of developing its defense strategy. First, the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, established priorities that included, “rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, maintain security in Europe and the Middle East;

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