Goldwater-Nichols legislation of 1986 was a major reform of the Department of Defense. Now thirty years later there are rumblings to identifying more changes for another reform proposal. This article looks at some key issues and proposes some initial next steps Congress should consider.
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
The perceived need for reform is in the interagency coordination process has increased over the years. Yet, the way forward is complicated by a constitutional fault line. This piece assesses challenges in the interagency process, the national security staff, and a possible way forward for improvement.