Accession Number : ADA019394

Title :   The Joint Chiefs of Staff--An Effective System for Providing Military Advice.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : McCarthy,Jack

Report Date : 10 SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The basic question is whether the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), as they currently operate, fulfill their role in providing timely and effective support for national security decisionmaking. A review of their legal authority and roles in the decisionmaking process was made, considering the part played by principal participants. Resulting conculsions revealed that the popular view of the JCS, created by the current system of processing Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff actions, is one of a compromising agency which produces lengthy rambling papers with something for everybody. Steps can be taken to alter these conclusions by streamlining policies and deriving early guidance from the JCS or Operation Deputies when formulating significant policy or strategy.

Descriptors :   *Decision making, *Defense planning, *Military commanders, Effectiveness, Joint military activities, Advisory activities, Law, National defense, Policies, Strategy, Security, Officer personnel

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE