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Joseph Dunford: Pentagon Needs Staff with Perspective of Regional Threats

Joseph Dunford
Joseph Dunford

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford has said the Defense Department needs a new staff with a complete view of combatant commanders in order to address regional threats, Defense One reported Monday.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman told a national security forum that the existing system of regional combatant commanders falls short of measures to respond to various challenges, Bradley Peniston and Marcus Weisgerber report.

“It’s my assumption today that it would be very difficult for any conflict to be isolated to a region,” Dunford said at the event co-hosted by the Center for a New American Security and Defense One.

“I do believe that there needs to be a staff that has a perspective of all the combatant commanders,” he told the forum, adding that the staff would help the defense secretary formulate decisions related to regional threats.

Dunford said he also supports proposals to reform the current frame of boundaries set for each combatant command under the Unified Command Plan, according to the report.

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