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Each military department (the
The commanders of unified combatant Department of the Navy includes naval commands are responsible to the aviation and the United States Marine President and the Secretary of Defense Corps) is separately organized under its
for accomplishing the military missions own Secretary and functions under the
assigned to them and exercising authority, direction, and control of the
command authority over forces assigned Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of each military department is responsible
to them. The operational chain of
command runs from the President to the to the Secretary of Defense for the operation and efficiency of his
Secretary of Defense to the commanders department. Orders to the military
of the unified combatant commands. The departments are issued through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Secretaries of these departments, or their
functions within the chain of command designees, by the Secretary of Defense or by transmitting the orders of the under authority specifically delegated in President or the Secretary of Defense to writing by the Secretary of Defense or the commanders of the unified provided by law.
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Defense The Secretary of to the Secretary of Defense for policy Defense is the principal defense policy matters relating to overall international adviser to the President and is
security policy and political-military responsible for the formulation of
affairs. Functional areas include NATO general defense policy and policy related affairs; net assessments; foreign military to DOD, and for the execution of
sales; arms limitation agreements; approved policy. Under the direction of
international trade and technology: the President, the Secretary exercises regional security affairs; special authority, direction, and control over the
operations and low-intensity conflict; Department of Defense.
integration of departmental plans and Deputy Secretary of Defense The
policies with overall national security Deputy Secretary of Defense is delegated objectives; drug control policy, full power and authority to act for the
requirements, priorities, systems, Secretary of Defense and to exercise the
resources, and programs; and issuance of powers of the Secretary on any and all matters for which the Secretary is
policy guidance affecting departmental authorized to act pursuant to law.
programs. Acquisition and Technology The Under
Personnel and Readiness The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and
Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Technology is the principal staff assistant
Readiness is the principal staff assistant and adviser to the Secretary of Defense
and adviser to the Secretary of Defense for all matters relating to the acquisition
for policy matter relating to the structure system, research and development, test
and readiness of the Total Force. and evaluation, production, logistics,
Functional areas include: readiness; military construction, procurement, and
civilian and military personnel policies, economic affairs. The Under Secretary programs, and systems; civilian and serves as the Defense acquisition
military equal opportunity programs; executive with responsibility for
health policies, programs, and activities; supervising the performance of the entire Reserve Component programs, policies, Department acquisition system and and activities; family policy, dependent's chairing the Defense Acquisition Board. education, and personnel support Policy The Under Secretary of Defense programs; and mobilization planning for Policy is the principal staff assistant and requirements.
Command, Control, Communications, evaluation in the Department of Defense and Intelligence The Assistant Secretary and is the principal test and evaluation of Defense (Command, Control,
official within the senior management of Communications, and Intelligence (C31)) the Department. is the principal staff assistant and adviser In addition, the Secretary and Deputy to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Secretary of Defense are assisted by a Defense for C31, information
special staff of assistants to include the management, counterintelligence, and
Assistant Secretary of Defense for security countermeasures matters, Legislative Affairs; the General Counsel; including warning reconnaissance and the Inspector General; the Assistant to intelligence and intelligence-related the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence activities conducted by the Department Oversight; the Assistant Secretary of of Defense.
Defense for Public Affairs; the Director Operational Test and Evaluation The of Administration and Management; and Director of Operational Test and
such other officers as the Secretary of Evaluation serves as the principal staff Defense establishes to assist him in assistant and adviser to the Secretary of carrying out his duties and Defense on operational test and
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the principal military adviser to the President, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense. The other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are military advisers who may provide additional information upon request from the President, the National Security Council, or the Secretary of Defense. They may also submit their advice when it does not agree with that of the Chairman.
Subject to the authority of the President and the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is responsible for:
-assisting the President and the Secretary of Defense in providing for the strategic direction and planning of the Armed Forces;
-allocating resources to fulfill strategic plans;
-making recommendations for the assignment of responsibilities within the Armed Forces in accordance with and in
support of those logistic and mobility plans;
- comparing the capabilities of American and allied Armed Forces with those of potential adversaries;
-preparing and reviewing contingency plans that conform to policy guidance from the President and the Secretary of Defense;
-preparing joint logistic and mobility plans to support contingency plans; and
-recommending assignment of logistic and mobility responsibilities to the Armed Forces to fulfill logistic and mobility plans.
The Chairman advises the Secretary of Defense on critical deficiencies and strengths in force capabilities (including manpower, logistic, and mobility support) and assesses the effect of such deficiencies and strengths on meeting national security objectives and policy and on strategic plans. He establishes and maintains a uniform system for evaluating the preparedness of each unified combatant command to carry out assigned missions.
The Chairman advises the Secretary of Defense on the priorities of the requirements identified by the commanders of the unified combatant commands and on the extent to which program recommendations and budget
proposals of the military departments The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and other DOD components for a fiscal performs duties assigned by the year conform with priorities established Chairman, with the approval of the in requirements of the unified combatant
Secretary of Defense. The Vice Chairman commands. He is responsible for
acts as Chairman when there is a submitting to the Secretary alternative
vacancy in the office of the Chairman, or program recommendations and budget in the absence or disability of the proposals with guidance provided by the
Chairman. The Vice Chairman, while so Secretary, in order to achieve greater
serving, holds the grade of general or conformance with priorities established
admiral and outranks all other officers of by the unified combatant commands. The Chairman also advises the Secretary
the Armed Forces except the Chairman on the extent to which major programs
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. and policies of the Armed Forces in the
Joint Staff area of manpower conform with strategic plans and assesses military requirements for defense acquisition programs.
The Joint Staff under the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff assists the Chairman Additionally, the Chairman: -formulates doctrine and training
and, subject to the authority of the policies and coordinates military
Chairman, the other members of the education and training;
Joint Chiefs of Staff, in carrying out their -represents the United States on the responsibilities. Military Staff Committee of the United The Joint Staff is headed by a Director Nations;
who is selected by the Chairman in -performs such other duties as may
consultation with the other members of be prescribed by law or by the President
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and with the and the Secretary of Defense; -convenes and presides over regular
approval of the Secretary of Defense.
Officers assigned to serve on the Joint meetings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; -assists the Joint Chiefs in carrying on
Staff are selected by the Chairman in their business as promptly as practicable; approximate equal numbers from the and
Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air -schedules issues for consideration
Force. The Joint Staff is composed of all by the Joint Chiefs.
members of the Armed Forces and The Chairman, while so serving, holds civilian employees assigned or detailed the grade of general or admiral and to permanent duty to perform the outranks all other officers of the Armed functions assigned to the Chairman of Forces.
the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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