Proceedings' Brendan Greeley interviewed General John M. Keane, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff, on 6 December 1999.
Proceedings: You've said a lot about jointness. Where does that come from?
General Keane: I talk to it quite a bit, because when you've spent as much time in the XVIII Airborne Corps as I have, you spend more time organizationally on exercises in the joint world than most people in the Army. Then, of course, I had an assignment at the Atlantic Command [now the U.S. Joint Forces Command; see "What Kind of Transformation Do You Want?" this issue, page 2] as well. But mostly it's my association with the XVIII Airborne Corps—through years of association—on exercises and preparing with other services for contingency operations. That's what we do. We've done a lot together as a joint presence.
Proceedings: When you were sworn in as the Vice Chief you said that jointness is more than being there and deconflicting operations; it's about fully integrating and leveraging, not only processes, but clearly capabilities as well. Could you give us a specific example of some of the capabilities you're talking about?