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Dr. Ann Mezzell and Dr. J. Wesley Hutto – “JDN 2-19: Hitting the Target but Missing the Mark”

Released 22 June 2021.

Predoctrinal deliberations about the employment of the US armed forces, captured in Joint Doctrine Notes, remain critically understudied. Using comparative text analysis, this article identifies changes in recent Joint Doctrine Note depictions of military strategy. These changes risk distorting the logic of military strategy, sacrificing means-ends integration to organizational impulse, and raising the prospect of future shortfalls in US strategic effectiveness. Click here to read the article.