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Joint Force Quarterly

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Is the Department of Defense (DOD) producing the best joint warfighters possible? During strategic competition that increasingly ebbs toward conflict, joint warfighting and joint warfighter development are more important than ever. Joint warfighter development is the catalyst necessary for the U.S. military to conduct joint operations. Joint operations, where forces from different military departments are interoperable and interdependent, convey a marked advantage over potential adversaries and leave them with few military options to counter. Joint operations leverage the unique capabilities of each DOD Service, but they require joint-minded leaders—joint warfighters—who can collaboratively orient toward common objectives rather than fighting separate Service-centric campaigns. The present and future security environments demand warfighters who are truly joint-minded—capable, comfortable, and confident—when operating across joint functions, fighting domains, and cultures