JCS planning: assessment and recommendations
Kropp, Rocky D.
Roberts, Benjamin J.
Tritten, James J.
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Strategic planning by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has been a source of criticism due to the lack of quality and timely military advice needed by the National Command Authorities (NCA). The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act made organizational changes to help solve JCS planning problems, but failed to address other fundamental problems such as the lack of Presidential participation in planning, the lack of recognition of strategic role of today's information technology in joint strategic planning and the lack of training and experience of planning officers. This thesis provides a high-level overview of both the Joint Strategic Planning System (JSPS) currently being revised, and the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES) designed to improve deliberate planning by the unified and specified commanders. Conclusions and recommendations are given to address the DoD's decentralized and incompatible planning systems currently in use, and to improve the flow of information from the CJCS to the President.
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