IN 500 Midterm - Question 1 (Essay worth 100 points) In its...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Question 1 (Essay worth 100 points) In its recent report, the 9/11 Commission cited the apparent success of the Goldwater-Nichols legislation of 1986. In organizing national defense, Goldwater-Nichols created joint commands for operations in the field, that is, the Unified Command Plan. Under this Plan, the various military services organize, train, and equip their people and units to perform their missions and then assign them to joint combat commands (e.g. CENTCOM). According to the 9/11 Commission, under the Unified Command Plan, the culture of the Defense Department has been transformed and its collective mind-set moved from service- specific to “joint,” and its operations have become more integrated. The 9/11 Commission then went on to state that “national intelligence is still organized around the collection disciplines of the home agencies, not the joint mission.” Based on your reading of Richelson, give IC organizational examples (with an informal page citation) supporting this statement plus other examples tending to disprove it. On balance do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? Be very specific in your examples and in your ultimate balancing (i.e. weighing of the evidence). (Caution : I am interested in your opinion neither of Goldwater-Nichols nor of joint commands. Just stick to the subject of intelligence. Neither am I interested in your knowledge of the 9/11 Commission Report or post-9/11 happenings of any sort. Your knowledge of the Richelson readings is the key factor.) The Goldwater-Nichols DOD (Department of Defense) Reorganization Act of 1986 was responsible for major DOD changes on the streamline of Operational Authority and decision making to military operations around the globe, establishing the Joint Operational mentality and allocation of resources in order to accomplish the overall DOD mission and not the specific mission of one of its branches (Army, Air force, Navy and Marine Corps). The Goldwater-Nichols was the most significant since the National Security of 1947, due to “Operational authority was centralized through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as opposed to the service chiefs. The chairman was designated as the principal military advisor to the president, National Security Council and secretary of defense. The act established the position of vice-chairman and streamlined the operational chain of command from the president to the secretary of defense to the unified commanders.” (1) The Goldwater-Nichols Reorganization Act of 1986 highlighted and emphasized that Joint Operations and relocation of troops and assets without the customary services distinction and segregated mentality, because to be the most effective force “ we must be fully joint: intellectually, operationally, organizationally, doctrinally, and technically. The joint force, because of its flexibility and responsiveness, will remain the key to operational success in the future.” (1) The 9/11 Commission established on its findings, that our country’s failures on the preceding actions
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/25/2012 for the course IN 500 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '07 term at American Public University.

Page1 / 6

IN 500 Midterm - Question 1 (Essay worth 100 points) In its...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online