Accession Number:

ADA484419

Title:

Reforming US National Security for the 21st Century

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-04-23

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The National Security Act of 1947 and the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 deftly reorganized the United States national security apparatus during the 20th century. Learning from the failures of flawed practices and institutions, the 80th and 99th U.S. congresses presided over legislation that forged the nation through the Cold War, enhanced civilian-military relations, and tore down the obstacles of service parochialism. While these reforms allowed for the production and employment of highly effective military forces, recent operational experience indicates more reform of the national security apparatus is in order. Optimization, or maintaining or improving effectiveness while enhancing efficiency will become the object of national security reform in the 21st century. This paper argues that the first step in this process will be to reorganize Department of Defense DoD staffs, to periodically review service roles and missions, and to operationalize the National Security Council NSC architecture to better meet future global security challenges.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE