Accession Number:

ADA328220

Title:

Goldwater-Nichols Almost Got It Right: A Fifth Star for the Chairman.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

This thesis recommends an amendment to the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1956 GNA to confer operational and administrative command authority on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CJCS, designate his position as the Commander of the Armed Forces, and assign the grade of five stars to the new position. Since 1947, a continuing objective of the presidency and Congress has been to improve military effectiveness and efficiencies through a simplified chain of command and a more unified armed force. The GNA enhanced the CJCSs role and functions as a means to achieve these objectives, however it did not confer any additional authority on the CJCS. A review of military and organizational theory provides substantive rationale which supports the proposed amendment. Additionally, an assessment of the CJCSs role and functions in relationship to his existing authority indicates increasing his authority would enhance unification efforts and improve the military chain of command. The effect of the amendment would be a more effective and efficient united armed force capable of responding to changes in global and domestic threats and priorities and supported by a more effective chain of command.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE