Accession Number : AD1017753

Title :   Jointness for the Rest of Us: Reforming Joint Professional Development

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School Norfolk United States

Personal Author(s) : Meisner,Marc R

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : The Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 and the Defense Department transformation movement that it spawned intended to enhance military effectiveness by creating a level of interdependency where service capabilities are combined to maximize effectiveness while minimizing vulnerabilities. However, despite the passage of thirty years since the law's enactment, its stated goals are not yet fully realized. This thesis argues that the interdependence sought by Congressional legislators and Defense leaders is not possible as long as joint education and training are limited to a small portion of the total joint force. Providing enlisted service members and government civilian employees with quality joint professional growth opportunities is essential to the development of competent, effective, and agile leaders for future joint organizations at all levels. This expansion will also ensure that those charged with mastering and integrating advanced technologies, developing and adopting innovative doctrine, and transforming DOD as an organization receive the foundational tools needed to excel. Finally, this thesis offers recommendations on reforming joint development in order to create a centrally managed and resourced professional development model that supports the needs of the entire joint force.

Descriptors :   national security , enlisted personnel , military force levels , unified combatant commands , congress , contingency operations (military) , military personnel , personnel management , military doctrine , military education , military training

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE