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Realigning the Stars: A Methodology for Reviewing Active Component General and Flag Officer Requirements

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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In line with its oversight role, Congress regularly conducts periodic reviews of the laws that govern the management and provision of general and flag officers GFOs. Generally, legislators utilize the annual National Defense Authorization Act NDAA as the vehicle to exercise their authority over Department of Defense DoD personnel matters. Indeed, the FY 2017 NDAA reduces GFO authorizations by 110, with implementation to be completed by December 2022. The NDAA further directs the Secretary of Defense to undertake a study with goals of evaluating the justification for each GFO requirement, identifying a further 10 percent reduction in GFO authorizations, and planning for these cuts.

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