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Gen. Joseph Dunford: DoD’s Organizational Construct Should Align With Threat Mgmt Strategy

Joseph Dunford
Joseph Dunford

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the Defense Department must identify an organizational framework that will allow the U.S. military to keep pace with new and emerging threats, DoD News reported Monday.

“We need to make sure in the context of transregional, multidomain, multifunctional conflicts that we have the right command-and-control construct in place to integrate joint capabilities and support rapid decisionmaking by national command authorities,” Dunford told DoD News.

Jim Garamone writes Dunford added U.S. military leaders will examine the department’s Unified Command Plan and submit recommendations to the defense secretary and Congress.

UCP was developed out of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, a defense reorganization law enacted in 1986, Garamone reports.

Dunford told reporters during a visit in Stuttgart, Germany, he also believes the U.S. should pay close attention to Russia’s capability development efforts, according to a subsequent DoD News report.

He said he is willing to meet with his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov to discuss U.S.-Russia military relations and other significant matters, the report noted.

“No matter what the relationships are between states, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open,” Dunford added.

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