Strategic Direction to the Joint Force

General Martin E. Dempsey Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

The past 10 years have been some of the most challenging in our military’s history. Our service members and their families have endured every hardship and met every challenge with courage and dignity throughout.

The responsibility for defending our nation is one we have proudly carried for centuries. As we examine how the past 10 years have affected our military, the Joint Force faces three points of transition which will test our leadership and shape our future: the transition from two large land wars to a complex security environment with many challenges, the transition from abundant to constrained resources, and, as our active force shrinks in size, the transition of many service members and families into civilian life.

In October, I published my Letter to the Joint Force, which outlined four focus areas as we face the future.

These focus areas will guide us through the transitions:

  • Achieving our national objectives in our current conflicts
  • Developing a Joint Force for 2020
  • Recommitting ourselves to the Profession of Arms
  • Keeping faith with the Military Family

As a follow up, I’ve just released my Strategic Direction to the Joint Force. This document goes into greater detail of the key efforts in each of our focus areas. Read these with a critical eye and ask yourself what you can do to contribute to these efforts and make them better.

I invite you to comment here on my blog, my Facebook page or on Twitter. Share your thoughts with me on how we can improve the Strategic Direction and together address the needs of our future.

General Martin E. Dempsey Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff

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  • Skywalker861

    Great Pamphlet! Contents are clear and set in the right context pointing out and reflecting exactly what America needs.

    However: do NOT underestimate all modernized countries which could at some point in time due to their supperior capabilities, overtopple the US. I want to stress the technological capabilities in mostly Japan and India which are that far ahead of the rest of the world, that those regimes could exploit their superiority in striving for world dominance and entering the domain once held by the US which uptil recently has held the most excellent military force and global dominance and which could take on any adversary they come across.

    I believe this position is now contested by high tech societies which can knock out entire defense systems not only by cyber tech, but by both nano-tech as well as macro robotic and high tech weaponry which can evade and breach the whole defense apparatus of any country such as the US.

    Low tech and mediocre tech cannot beat state of the art far advanced high tech progress which is integrated in the whole highly developed societies in countries which are at the cutting edge of developing such capabilities. Not only an entire industry, but the whole structure of an entire country and its (defense and industrial) partner allies could be heading for Technological Supremacy which could topple other countries at choice.

    The US is NOT immune to such global developments. And although the US tech standards are top notch, they can be easily overrun by “Survival of the Saviest”. Tech savies / geeks are in high demand in every country.

    Science and technology is much sought after in all modern societies. Iran has great leverage in this field too: they’re not backward.

    I’m not saying that every modernized tech society is a potential adversary, I’m only warning that investments within the current budget constraints must be done with that in mind: pick and chose tech-aquisitions with great care: once bought and installed they can be upgraded, but if not matched or exceeding the tech capabilities of any potential enemy (country or organization) these investments could be all for nothing, leaving an inadequate and incompetent defense system which can easily be breached by higher tech adversaries.

    That’s my contribution to your otherwise Great and Excellent Pamphlet: it is a contribution, not meant to criticise…

  • Hcoghlan

    Gen. Dempsey, we appreciate your service and your desire to keep the faith with the tens of thousands of vets that have served also. Please keep all those sacrifices in mind as DoD recommends cuts to the “Human Programs”, such as Tricare, Retirement, VA disabilities and others. Again, thanks for trying to be as fair and balanced as possible. Hoo Ahh!

  • James Henry

    General Dempsey – I have been trying to read your Strategic Guidance to the Joint Force; however, the links appear to be broken

  • joseph kaba

    i,m very proud to work in the air force ,i,m africa america .living in europe by now try to know the base i most to work .my name is joseph kaba .

  • entepe3000@yahoo.co.jp

    tiune sugiura は日本で暮らしていたユダヤ人の土地を合理的に奪って追い出して行った疑いがあります
    アシュケナジムは無理に逃げさせられ土地を奪われましたが、私たちは元気です
    日本にも収容所がありましたが巧妙に隠されています
    小石川植物園の塀を確認してください
    ジェイコブの家も無事です
    けれども、かくれて通信しています

    靴は嫌みではいてみんなで写真をとりました
    写真を送りますとりのこされたドンズーのみんなと一緒にとりましたパラマウントとロックフェラー委員の協力をうけていますペレスによろしくイサクの敵はうちましたhttp://www.yomiuri-osaka.com/tabinon/2010/nf_essay_a.htm
    以下 調査をすすめていた日記より抜粋
    本邦にて私服をこやすのはKKK加奈陀の買い春奴隷面が必要なのはKKK加奈陀の素顔がわれるため彼らがプロイセンにて貧困層をつくりあげ、
    無線でコントロールした父親からラトヒー氏に暴力をくわえた
    ラトヒー氏が嫌煙家なのは臭覚をつかった記憶操作が原
    折檻されていた時の記憶で氏はKKKに面とされた

    さうさう

  • さつき

    マーチン 早くして さつき
    ここいそいで見て
    http://f-hanayu.tumblr.com/

  • Roberta

    I need some guidance on ARMY I cannot seem to be found on file and due to stormy weather there is hard to reach places right now some links of something would help I need it for getting back onto base to check in just came from CANADA

  • Roberta

    Thank you for the peaks and the vallies again I hope it savves you and I from turmoil and me and you in the brinks of eyes of danger … I love you to know you are a blessing to me and yes I did war with you and I dancing but God said he is married no he is not hmm a General and ARMY … I am almost there I will not be continuing further if it pleasses my General of Boss in California been moved and hit to much to remember but I see him and called to note I remember him and from there I will embrace and say I am so sorry for that outburst and dempsey means beautiful demples you have them i saw them and searched and was amazed at the way you are a Good General noope Just a big thank you for hearing me cry once on your shoulder …
    God bless you … amen and always protect you always …
    amen …
    General Roberta

  • Rockefeller committee

    Rockefeller committee.

    The history of China oppressed from the China authorities is exhibited.

    Please check.

    http://f-hanayu.tumblr.com/

    Haaretz exposed that air strikes of Israel were your buying-over maneuvers with the German sound arms.

    The grief.

  • MICHAEL ROOTES

    NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE CORRECT DEPARTMENT BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION.
    JUST WATCHED A PROGRAM ON ‘ALJAZEERA’ ABOUT AMERICAN DRONES, IT WAS FAIRLY NEGATIVE AND MADE MY BLOOD BOIL !
    ANYTHING THAT REDUCES THE NEED FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO BE,’FRONT LINE ON THE GROUND’ HAS TO BE A GOOD THING.
    THE MAIN ARGUMENT OF THE PROGRAM WAS ‘COLLATERAL DAMAGE’. PERSONALLY I AM FED UP WITH THIS ‘PC’ WORLD, HOW CAN ONE CONSIDER SANITIZING WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS???
    AFTER ALL, IT IS WAR AND IF WIFE AND KIDS GET KILLED ALONG WITH A KNOWN TERRORIST, SO BE IT, IN WAR THEY ARE JUST AS GUILTY.
    I WAS SO ANNOYED THAT U.S. SERVICE MEN WERE NEEDING TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS.
    THE DRONE ‘FEATURED’ WAS SAID TO FLY FOR 16 HOURS BUT ONLY CARRIED 2 BOMBS AND 4 MISSILES!
    COME ON AMERICA, A BIGGER PAY LOAD IS NEEDED FOR 16 HOURS OF FLIGHT. IT WASN’T MENTIONED BUT CAN THESE DRONES REFUEL IN FLIGHT?
    IF I WAS YOUNGER 62 , I WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF THIS TECHNOLOGY. “FORWARD AND ONWARD AMERICA”.