The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said the U.S. military should address the emergence of cyber, space and ballistic intercontinental missiles as factors that changed the “character” of war, DoD News reported Sunday.
Jim Garamone writes that U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford suggested updates in the Defense Department‘s current command-and-control strategy to be able to confront the changes.
“[War] changed because of cyber capabilities, space capabilities, ballistic missile capabilities, intercontinental missile capabilities,” said Dunford.
“The character of war has changed so we should adapt to the character of war, and by changing the organizational construct of the Joint Staff,” he added.
Dunford also noted that there are certain areas in which the defense secretary can delegate responsibility for joint integration to the CJCS.
The defense secretary holds responsibility for joint integration and the authorities to integrate the combatant commands under the current system, the report said.