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Joint Force Quarterly 107

Joint Force Quarterly 107 (4th Quarter, 2022)

With this 107th edition of the Chairman’s journal, we invite you to comment on war, peace, and the in-between, as that is where you will always find the joint force.


PRISM Vol. 10, No. 1

PRISM Vol. 10, No. 1 (September 2022)

PRISM Vol. 10, No. 1 is now online.


Crossing the Strait: China’s Military Prepares for War with Taiwan

Crossing the Strait: China’s Military Prepares for War with Taiwan

Both the U.S. and Chinese militaries are increasingly focused on a possible confrontation over Taiwan. China regards the island as an integral part of its territory and is building military capabilities to deter Taiwan independence and compel Taiwan to accept unification. Based on original research by leading international experts, Crossing the Strait: China’s Military Prepares for War with Taiwan explores the political and military context of cross-strait relations, with a focus on understanding the Chinese decision calculus about when and how to use force, the capabilities the People’s Liberation Army would bring to the fight, and what Taiwan can do to defend itself.


Lawfare in Ukraine: Weaponizing International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict Against Russia’s Invasion

Lawfare in Ukraine: Weaponizing International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict Against Russia’s Invasion

This paper explores Ukraine’s innovative use of international investment law to hold Russia financially liable for damages arising out of its 2014 invasion and occupation of Crimea, and how this use of “lawfare” strategy can be further leveraged considering Russia’s renewed military invasion of Ukraine in 2022.


Joint Force Quarterly 106

Joint Force Quarterly 106 (3rd Quarter, 2022)

As we drop the third quarter edition of JFQ, we hope you enjoy what our authors have to offer. Highlights of 106 include discussions on future cyber operations, learning within insurgent groups, and how law powerfully affects Great Power competition. We encourage you to join in the conversation by weighing in on the articles.


Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch is the author of the book Lessons from the Edge

Lessons from the Edge with AMB (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch

On May 7, 2022, the National Defense University and National Defense University Foundation convened a McNair Colloquium that featured a moderated discussion with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch, author of Lessons from the Edge. The McNair Colloquia presented an opportunity for NDU faculty and students, and national security scholars and practitioners to engage and enrich the research and learning environment across the university. While this event was not open to the public, it demonstrated the dynamic and world-class academic and education experiences provided to the students enrolled at NDU.


An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt)

Were Drone Strikes Effective? Evaluating the Drone Campaign in Pakistan Through Captured al-Qaeda Documents

At a time when the United States seems likely to rely heavily on targeted killing as an instrument of counter-terrorism, scholars, policymakers, and other analysts remain divided over its utility. These disagreements have been especially pronounced in scholarship and commentary regarding the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan.


Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón

Changes Coming to Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education

Change is coming to enlisted professional military education ensuring the new realities of strategic competition are addressed and emphasizing joint education, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said.