Jointness in the Acquisition World
Naval Air Systems Command (PMA 265) Patuxent River United States
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Over the past decades, our operational military forces have transformed themselves from Service centric combat forces to a truly joint force, operating under unified commands, employed across Service boundaries with a healthy understanding of other Service force capabilities, and achieving synergies previously unattainable. We are far from perfect, certainly, but most would agree that there has been a culture change, with new legislation, Service-level edicts, changes in promotion and selection board precepts, and a stronger educational foundation. As a result of those efforts, our operational forces now think how best to operate and execute as a synergistic joint force, and not necessarily strictly from a Service-specific perspective. Our forces understand the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow Services and know where Service-specific capabilities can complement the overall battlefield.