Joint Chiefs of Staff

Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. statutory agency, created in 1949 within the Dept. of Defense. The chairman is the principal military adviser to the President, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense. Members include the chairman, appointed by the President with Senate approval; the chief of staff, U.S. army; the chief of naval operations; the chief of staff, U.S. air force; the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a vice chairman who manages the Joint Staff. The Joint Chiefs prepare military plans and direct unified and other combat commands under the Secretary of Defense.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Reorganization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: A Critical Analysis
Allan R. Millett.
Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers, 1986
Reorganizing the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986
Gordon Nathaniel Lederman.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC
Amy B. Zegart.
Stanford University Press, 1999
The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff
Michael S. Bell.
Strategic Studies Institute, 2004
Who Makes Public Policy?: The Struggle for Control between Congress and the Executive
Robert S. Gilmour; Alexis A. Halley; Diana Evans.
Chatham House Publishers, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Improving Military Coordination: The Goldwater-Nichols Reorganization of the Department of Defense"
The U.S. Military: Ready for the New World Order?
John E. Peters.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "The U. S. Joint Strategic Planning Process"
The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government, to 1950
Arthur B. Darling.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Purposes of the Joint Chiefs of Staff" begins on p. 47, and "The Joint Chiefs and Civilians" begins on p. 232
American Civil-Military Decisions
Harold Stein.
University of Alabama Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Towards an Occupation Directive: The First Revision of JCS 1067" begins on p. 389, and "The Final Revision of JCS 1067" begins on p. 428
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