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[H.A.S.C. No. 99-60]
FULL COMMITTEE CONSUPERATION

OF

H.R. 3622
TO AMEND TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE, TO

STRENGTHEN THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN OF
THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, TO PROVIDE FOR
MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF
THE ARMED FORCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES

NINETY-NINTH CONGRESS

LES ASPIN, Wisconsin, Chairman
MELVIN PRICE, Illinois, Chairman Emeritus WILLIAM L. DICKINSON, Alabama
CHARLES E. BENNETT, Florida

G. WILLIAM WHITEHURST, Virginia SAMUEL S. STRATTON, New York

FLOYD SPENCE, South Carolina BILL NICHOLS, Alabama

MARJORIE S. HOLT, Maryland DAN DANIEL, Virginia

ELWOOD H. (BUD) HILLIS, Indiana G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi ROBERT E. BADHAM, California RONALD V. DELLUMS, California

BOB STUMP, Arizona PARTICIA SCHROEDER, Colorado

JIM COURTER, New Jersey BEVERLY B. BYRON, Maryland

LARRY J. HOPKINS, Kentucky NICHOLAS MAVROULES, Massachusetts ROBERT W. DAVIS, Michigan EARL HUTTO, Florida

KEN KRAMER, Colorado IKE SKELTON, Missouri

DUNCAN HUNTER, California MARVIN LEATH, Texas

THOMAS F. HARTNETT, South Carolina DAVE MCCURDY, Oklahoma

DAVID O'B. MARTIN, New York
THOMAS M. FOGLIETTA, Pennsylvania JOHN R. KASICH, Ohio
ROY DYSON, Maryland

WILLIAM CARNEY, New York
DENNIS M. HERTEL, Michigan

LYNN MARTIN, Illinois MARILYN LLOYD, Tennessee

HERBERT H. BATEMAN, Virginia NORMAN SISISKY, Virginia

MAC SWEENEY, Texas
RICHARD RAY, Georgia

BEN BLAZ, Guam
JOHN M. SPRATT, JR., South Carolina
FRANK MCCLOSKEY, Indiana
SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
GEORGE (BUDDY) DARDEN, Georgia
TOMMY F. ROBINSON, Arkansas
ALBERT G. BUSTAMANTE, Texas

G. KIM WINCUP, Staff Director

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FULL COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3622, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE, TO STRENGTHEN THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, TO PROVIDE FOR MORE EFFI. CIENT AND EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF THE ARMED FORCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,

Washington, DC, October 29, 1985. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a.m., in room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Les Aspin (chairman of the committee) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The meeting will come to order.
The chair recognizes the gentleman from Alabama.

STATEMENT OF HON. BILL NICHOLS, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM

ALABAMA, CHAIRMAN, INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE Mr. NICHOLS. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

It is my privilege to report to the Committee on Armed Services today, H.R. 3622, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Reorganization Act of 1985. The first thing that should be said about this bill is that it is third generation Joint Chiefs of Staff legislation. This committee reported, and the House passed, Joint Chiefs of Staff reorganization legislation in both the 97th and 98th Congresses. I believe we are now about to do it again. And we will continue to do so, I hope, until we achieve meaningful legislative reform of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I mentioned the history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff bill for two reasons. First, the original author of Joint Chiefs of Staff legislation was a distinguished former member of the committee, the Honorable Richard C. White of Texas. His contribution should be recognized today. He, like most of us, I suspect, was not familiar with the intricacies and complexities of the U.S. military structure when two of the five members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sounded an alarm in 1982, warning that the present structure is seriously flawed and could lead to disaster if tested in wartime.

Chairman White was, however, very familiar with the Constitution. He knew that it makes Congress solely responsible “to raise and support armies . provide and maintain a navy make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.” Congressman White knew that the Constitution assigns

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