Synergy-Mindedness: The Airman’s Joint Task Force Leadership Dilemma

  • Lieutenant Colonel Kelly R. Holbert

In today’s complex joint operational environment, American Airmen appear to be absent from commanding “combat-oriented” Joint Task Forces (JTFs). In the future, when considering general officers for command of combat JTFs, the domain background of potential commanders should matter less than their ability to effectively lead, conceptualize, and execute joint combat operations. Thus, American Airmen’s “Air-Mindedness” may need broadening in order to more effectively integrate and lead joint forces at the JTF level. While “Air-Mindedness” will always be a critical element of the joint fight, “Synergy-Mindedness” is increasingly important to the success of JTFs operating in high intensity combat environments.