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Capstone Concept for Joint Operations: Joint Force 2020

Published September 10, 2012


National Strategy

Capstone Concept for Joint Operations: Joint Force 2020

The Department of Defense released this strategy document, "Capstone Concept for Joint Operations: Joint Force 2020" on September 10, 2012.

The introduction states, "This Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO) describes potential
operational concepts through which the Joint Force of 2020 will defend the nation against a wide range of security challenges. Its purpose is to guide force development toward Joint Force 2020, the force called for by the new defense strategic guidance, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership:
Priorities for 21st Century Defense.

A capstone concept by definition articulates a high-order vision of how the future force will operate. It cannot by itself provide the detailed guidance necessary to realize the Joint Force of 2020. It can, however, describe the future operating environment, advance new concepts for joint operations, and suggest attributes that will define the future force.

In this way, the CCJO aims to establish a bridge from the new strategic guidance to subordinate concepts, force development guidance, and follow-on doctrine.

This CCJO focuses on what is new and different in the future strategic environment. It builds on prior capstone concepts, but also recognizes that much of the nature of conflict in the world is enduring. War remains a clash between hostile, independent, and irreconcilable wills each trying to dominate the other through violence. Enemies will continue to search for, find, and exploit U.S. vulnerabilities. Even when waged with increasingly sophisticated technologies, the conduct of
military operations remains a fundamentally human enterprise.

Finally, this concept recognizes that military force is only one element of national power. In many cases strategic success will turn on our ability to operate in concert with the rest of the U.S. government, allied governments and their armed forces, and nongovernmental partners."

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