For seventy years, since Congress created the modern U.S. national security system, the National Security Act has handicapped military decision-making by limiting the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The 1947 National Security Act (NSA) created the modern U.S. national security command structure. But the NSA deliberately limited the responsibilities of the Joint Chiefs in furtherance of the principle of civilian control of the military. In view of the evolving nature of modern warfare — multi-dimensional, high-speed and involving both traditional and hybrid means — it is time to reconsider this reflexive attitude. 21st century warfare will require a new national military command structure, an American General Staff. I have written about this topic for The National Interest here.
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