Second half of the speech by Dr. Arch Barrett, Hon. John M. Spratt, Jr. of South Carolina In the House of Representatives
Spratt, John M.
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Mr. SPRATT. Mr. Speaker, today I am submitting for the record the second half of the graduation address given by Arch Barrett at the Naval Postgraduate School Joint Professional Military Education Course in June, 2003. I submitted the other half for the RECORD on February 24. I commend Arch’s speech to all those with an interest in the founding of the Goldwater-Nichols legislation, and I am proud to enter it into the RECORD. REFLECTIONS ON LEADERSHIP IN DEFENSE AND PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION REFORM
1987, Congressman Les Aspin asked Arch Barrett whether there was an uncompleted task in the area of Defense Department restructuring that could be assigned to Representative Ike Skelton. Aspin was the chairman of the Committee on Armed Services of the U. S. House of Representatives. Skelton was a mid-level Democrat on the Committee who was intensely interested in improving the quality and performance of our Armed Forces. Barrett was a member of Mr. Aspin's Committee staff. At the time, the Pentagon was making little progress in implementing the education provisions of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act. The Act required a reassessment and revamping of professional military education to assure that it supported the new emphasis on joint military planning and operations. I suggested to Chairman Aspin that Rep. Skelton could provide a signal contribution to the improvement of the nation's armed forces if he could be persuaded to lead a congressional panel charged with bringing PME into line with the goals of the Goldwater-Nichols Act. Subsequently, Rep. Skelton seized on the opportunity and ultimately fathered the significant changes in Professional Military Education that have culminated in your presence here as JPME graduates at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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