Reorganization of U.S. Armed Forces
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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This essay is the first Strategic Study published by the National War College in cooperation with the National Defense University Press. Since its founding in 1946, the National War College has dedicated itself to promoting excellence in the study of national security strategy continuing in this tradition, we are proud to inaugurate this series of studies on broad strategy issues. We hope it will prove to be a forum for creative approaches to the complex problems of national security. Commander John L. Byrons study enjoys the second distinction of being among the winning entries in the first Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Essay Competition, authorized in 1982 by General David C. Jones. At that time, the Chairman challenged the students of our senior military colleges to formulate fresh strategies for national security, encouraging original and innovative thought pieces as opposed to traditional research or staff reports. Commander Byron certainly takes up that challenge. He questions the foundations of the armed forces as established in 1947, citing discrepancies between mission and structure. He proposes a radically new military structure, entailing the abolition of one armed service and the creation of another. Although many will not agree with his proposals, Commander Byron has cut to the heart of a number of issues afflicting our military establishment. Such imaginative analysis should invite future thoughtful and provocative National War College Strategic Studies.
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