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Goldwater-Nichols at 30: Defense Reform and Issues for Congress : Congressional Research Service (CRS) , 2001


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From the report: “Thirty years after having enacted it, Congress is reviewing the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reform Act.1 Deeply controversial at the time, Goldwater-Nichols augmented command relationships, strengthened the role of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, enhanced joint procurement, and redesigned personnel incentives in order to prioritize “jointness” among the services—a characteristic that the U.S. Department of Defense demonstrably lacked prior to the reforms. Congress is now determining whether further reforms are needed, and if so, what those might be. To that end, the Senate Armed Services Committee has held a number of hearings over the second session of the 114th Congress, specifically focused on defense reform. Spurred on by congressional interest, the DOD has undertaken its own “Goldwater-Nichols” review of its internal structures, and plans to present suggested legislative changes to Congress in the coming weeks and months.”

Authors - McInnis, Kathleen



McInnis, Kathleen


Congressional Research Service (CRS)


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