A Joint General Staff: How Viable an Option?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis is an examination of how the present JCS system evolved in U.S. history. By reviewing the character of U.S. colonial heritage and implications of past command structures, the uniquely American rationale for the current system can be more readily understood. The present JCS system itself is analyzed in terms of 9 subjective areas of organizational effectiveness. Each of these areas is discussed and analyzed for optimum performance, efficiency, and historical success. Next this thesis examines key debates which are now or have recently been raised. Each of these examinations of the JCS command structure is compared against historical trends and previous organizational difficulties-- real or perceived. The purpose of this effort was to determine the validity of current criticisms as well as to determine their basis, if any, in historical fact. The conclusions are that the United States has failed to organize a national command structure that would optimize military support of the national interests. The reasons for this conscious decision are many and complex. However, the present JCS system will not adequately address the present and future security needs of the United States. Only the establishment of a centralized Joint General Staff will rectify the problems of high echelon command within the current Department of Defense.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics