JCS Planning: Assessment and Recommendations
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Strategic planning by the Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS has been a source of criticism due to the lack of quality and timely military advice needed by the National Command Authorities NCA. The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act made organizational changes to help solve JCS planning problems, but failed to address other fundamental problems such as the lack of Presidential participation in planning, the lack of recognition of the strategic role of todays information technology in joint strategic planning and the lack of training and experience of planning officers. This thesis provided a high-level overview of both the Joint Strategic Planning System JSPS currently being revised, and the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System JOPES designed to improve deliberate planning by the unified and specified commanders. Conclusions and recommendations are given to address the DoDs decentralized and incompatible planning systems currently in use, and to improve the flow of information from the CJCS to the President.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics