“We Choose to Go to the Moon”: An Analysis of a Cold War Means-Developing Strategy

“We Choose to Go to the Moon”: An Analysis of a Cold War Means-Developing Strategy

Strategists often ask “With the means available right now, what end can we achieve?” However, in strategy design it can be more appropriate to ask, “What is the desired end, and what means are available to achieve it?” The answer to this question may be, “If this is the desired end, first this new capability has to be created.” This case study examines how Kennedy determined he could achieve his ends (beat the Soviets in the world competition) in a particular way (shape the world conversation) using means yet to be created (the moon landing).

Joint Force Quarterly 104

Joint Force Quarterly 104 (1st Quarter, January 2022)

Without Colin Powell's simple tasking to develop and implement a journal, JFQ would not exist. His vision has been our team’s guiding force.

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, right, delivered the keynote address at Cyber Beacon 2021, hosted by CIC Chancellor Dr. Cassandra Lewis.

National Cyber Director Unveils New Approach at Cyber War College Conference

At NDU's College of Information and Cyberspace 2021 Cyber Beacon Conference, the nation's first National Cyber Director, Chris Inglis, said his new office will "bring coherence, connectivity [and] leverage" to the country's cyberspaces and that transgressors will have to "beat all of us to beat one of us."

Spotlight Webinar

Spotlight Webinar on Nov. 18: China’s Coercive Toolkit in Strategic Competition

Join us on November 18 for a CSWMD 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.

Winning the Fight Taiwan Cannot Afford to Lose

Winning the Fight Taiwan Cannot Afford to Lose

Taiwan’s defense approach has long relied on purchases of U.S. equipment and attempts to emulate U.S. doctrine. The U.S. military, however, has focused on projecting power to fight smaller adversaries around the world, while Taiwan faces the prospect of defending its homeland from China’s increasingly capable People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Joint Force Quarterly 103

Joint Force Quarterly 103 (4th Quarter, October 2021)

This issue of Joint Force Quarterly 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.

by Douglas Farah and Marianne Richardson

The PRC’s Changing Strategic Priorities in Latin America: From Soft Power to Sharp Power Competition

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.

Russia and Saudi Arabia: Old Disenchantments, New Challenges

Doing Well by Doing Good? Strategic Competition and United Nations Peacekeeping

This study thus evaluates the benefits that U.S. competitors have gained through their engagement in UN peacekeeping and assesses the extent to which these benefits necessarily challenge U.S. interests. It finds the threat to U.S. interests from Russian and Chinese participation in UN missions and deliberations to be most pronounced at UN headquarters.