The Navy in the Joint Arena: Antagonist or Team Player?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As a direct result of problems encountered in recent joint military operations such as the Iranian rescue attempt and the Grenada invasion, much attention has been given to the ability of our military forces to function together effectively. This has culminated in legislation mandating military reorganization, namely the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. With this new emphasis on jointness has come the perception by some that one service, more than any other, has been slow to get on board with the program ... the Navy. This study examines why there are differences between the Navy and other services that make this transition legitimately more difficult for the Navy to implement. To do this three main areas are examined 1 the institutional personalities and attitudes of the individual services, 2 the differences between naval warfare and that of air and land warfare, and 3 interservice rivalry.
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