The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff

The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff

The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff

The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff

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The post-9/11 security environment and the demands of global, integrated operations and campaigns in a long-term war on terrorism underscore the need to consider new ideas that enhance the effectiveness of the military instrument of power while recognizing the inherent value of the existing system.

In order to better understand the character and enduring attributes of the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and inform future Defense reform initiatives in the post 9/11 era, Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Bell traces the Chairman's evolving role since the inception of the position during the Second World War through the Goldwater-Nichols reforms of the 1980s. Although Defense reformers often focus on more efficient business and budgeting practices, his narrative compels greater consideration of the value of apolitical military advice, civilian direction of policy, and legislative oversight on the military instrument of power. The position of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported by a dedicated Joint Staff, remains relevant and crucial in a security environment where technology is extending the capabilities and reach of both state and non-state actors. Arguably, the need to transcend a single service, capability, or regional perspective is even more essential today than it was when Congress formulated Goldwater-Nichols almost twenty years ago.

The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer this monograph as an important contribution to an informed debate on the vital subject of Defense reform.

DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR.
Director
Strategic Studies Institute . . .

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