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Military glossary - Letter J


(DOD) Umbrella organization consisting of the HUMINT Operations Cell and the Task Force Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority. The J-2X is responsible for coordination and deconfliction of all human source related activity.

(DOD) A vertical axis in a system of rectangular coordinates; that line on which distances above or below (north or south) the reference line are marked, especially on a map, chart or graph.

Jet advisory service
(DOD) The service provided certain civil aircraft while operating within radar and nonradar jet advisory areas. Within radar jet advisory areas, civil aircraft receiving this service are provided radar flight following, radar traffic information, and vectors around observed traffic. In nonradar jet advisory areas, civil aircraft receiving this service are afforded standard instrument flight rules separation from all other aircraft known to air traffic control to be operating within these areas.

See joint force special operations component commander.

JLOTS operations
See joint logistics over-the-shore operations.

Joint activities reporting to the Chairman, JCS
(DOD) Activities or agencies that receive direct guidance from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or his designated Joint Staff agent, and which have joint manpower programs separate from the Joint Staff and unified command organizations.

Joint deployable intelligence support system
(DOD) A transportable workstation and communications suite that electronically extends a joint intelligence center to a joint task force or other tactical user.

Joint force air component commander
(DOD) The joint force air component commander derives authority from the joint force commander who has the authority to exercise operational control, assign missions, direct coordination among subordinate commanders, redirect and organize forces to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of the overall mission. The joint force commander will normally designate a joint force air component commander. The joint force air component commander's responsibilities will be assigned by the joint force commander (normally these would include, but not be limited to, planning, coordination, allocation, and tasking based on the joint force commander's apportionment decision). Using the joint force commander's guidance and authority, and in coordination with other Service component commanders and other assigned or supporting commanders, the joint force air component commander will recommend to the joint force commander apportionment of air sorties to various missions or geographic areas.

Joint integrated prioritized target list
(DOD) A prioritized list of targets and associated data approved by a joint force commander, and maintained by a joint task force. Targets and priorities are derived from the recommendations of components in conjunction with their proposed operations supporting the joint force commander's objectives and guidance.

Joint logistics over-the-shore commander
(DOD) The joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS) commander is selected by the joint force commander (JFC) and is usually from either the Army or Navy components that are part of the JFC's task organization. This individual then builds a joint headquarters from personnel and equipment in theater to organize the efforts of all elements participating in accomplishing the JLOTS mission having either wet or dry cargo or both. JLOTS commanders will usually integrate members from each participating organization to balance the overall knowledge base in their headquarters.

Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual-Special Operations
(DOD) A publication providing a single, comprehensive source of information covering weapon effectiveness, selection, and requirements for special operations munitions. In addition, the closely related fields of weapon characteristics and effects, target characteristics, and target vulnerability are treated in limited detail required by the mission planner. Although emphasis is placed on weapons that are currently in the inventory, information is also included for some weapons not immediately available but projected for the near future.

Joint Personnel Training and Tracking Activity
(DOD) The continental US center established (upon request of the supported combatant commander) to facilitate the reception, accountability, processing, training, and onward movement of both military and civilian individual augmentees preparing for overseas movement to support a joint military operation.

Joint rear tactical operations center
(DOD) A joint operations cell tailored to assist the joint rear area coordinator in meeting mission responsibilities.

Joint special operations air component commander
(DOD) The commander within the joint force special operations command responsible for planning and executing joint special air operations and for coordinating and deconflicting such operations with conventional nonspecial operations air activities. The joint special operations air component commander normally will be the commander with the preponderance of assets and/or greatest ability to plan, coordinate, allocate, task, control, and support the assigned joint special operations aviation assets. The joint special operations air component commander may be directly subordinate to the joint force special operations component commander or to any nonspecial operations component or joint force commander as directed.

Joint staff
(DOD) 1. The staff of a commander of a unified or specified command, subordinate unified command, joint task force, or subordinate functional component (when a functional component command will employ forces from more than one Military Department), which includes members from the several Services comprising the force. These members should be assigned in such a manner as to ensure that the commander understands the tactics, techniques, capabilities, needs, and limitations of the component parts of the force. Positions on the staff should be divided so that Service representation and influence generally reflect the Service composition of the force. 2. (capitalized as Joint Staff) The staff under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as provided for in the National Security Act of 1947, as amended by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986.

Joint targeting coordination board
(DOD) A group formed by the joint force commander to accomplish broad targeting oversight functions that may include but are not limited to coordinating targeting information, providing targeting guidance and priorities, and preparing and/or refining joint target lists. The board is normally comprised of representatives from the joint force staff, all components, and if required, component subordinate units.

Joint zone (air, land, or sea)
(DOD) An area established for the purpose of permitting friendly surface, air, and subsurface forces to operate simultaneously.

See joint patient movement requirements center.

See Joint Personnel Training and Tracking Activity.

See joint rear tactical operations center.

See joint suppression of enemy air defenses.

See Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness.

See joint tactics, techniques, and procedures.

(DOD) In air intercept, a code meaning, "I have contact and am taking over the intercept."

(DOD) The assigned airborne-qualified individual who controls parachutists from the time they enter the aircraft until they exit.

Jump speed
(DOD, NATO) The airspeed at which parachute troops can jump with comparative safety from an aircraft.