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The Future of Army Modernization: A Public Survey

The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies is currently conducting a study on the Future of Army Modernization. This study seeks to answer the following questions: How does the current Army modernization environment compare with past budget drawdowns? What can we learn about future Army investment portfolios from stated modernization priorities? How should the Army prioritize its investments to maximize the modernization effort under constrained budgets? As part of its study on the Future of Army Modernization, the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group has created a survey to gauge public interest on the future trajectory of Army modernization efforts. The survey will remain open through 11:59pm Wednesday, July 13th, 2016. The survey is anonymous. Please email ... Read more

Reflections: Keep America’s Top Military Officer Out of the Chain of Command

I  lived through Goldwater-Nichols. Congress should know why it's still a bad idea to give the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who advises the president, that kind of power. One of the great debates we had within the Senate Armed Services Committee during the deliberations over what became the Goldwater-Nichols Act was a key question: How strong do we want to make the Joint Staff? Today, as Congress and the Pentagon are poised to revisit that historic bill, the same question is creeping back into conversation: how much power should the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wield – and should that person, the president’s chief military advisor, step into the chain of command? Failures in the field led everyone ... Read more

Open Letter on Defense Reform

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act. The landmark 1986 legislation sought to improve the quality of military advice, enhance the effectiveness of military operations, and strengthen civilian authority. The subsequent improvements in U.S. military effectiveness are global benchmarks for other militaries. Recently, President Xi Jinping of China announced a set of military reforms for his country that mirror the approaches taken by the U.S. Congress in 1986. For all its merits, we believe the time is right to reexamine the Goldwater-Nichols Act and national security reform more generally. We should leverage the interest in defense reform to focus on the most important challenges facing our national defense, which are different than ... Read more

Defense Reform Survey

Defense Reform Survey As interest in major reforms to the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act has grown, the CSIS International Security Program has decided to create a survey to gauge public opinion on the primary contemporary problems facing the defense establishment. The survey is now closed.   View the survey results