Naval War College Review


Lawrence N. Ash


The national security strategy engagement and enlargement ties the future prosperity of the United States t.o a seemingly chaotic outside world, declaring that "we simply cannot be successful in advancing our interests ... without active engagement in world affairs." 1 For the American armed forces this has meant involvement as a coalition partner in military operations other than war (MOOTW) and the emergence of the combined joint task force (JTF) as a primary vehicle for operations. The nation's intelligence community has taken on the tough job of reducing the uncertainty that task force commanders must face.