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EIGNANE & GIFT DIVISION
STRENGTHEN THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN OF
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
LES ASPIN, Wisconsin, Chairman
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
WILLIAM CARNEY, New York
LYNN MARTIN, Illinois MARILYN LLOYD, Tennessee
HERBERT H. BATEMAN, Virginia NORMAN SISISKY, Virginia
MAC SWEENEY, Texas
BEN BLAZ, Guam
G. KIM WINCUP, Staff Director
PRINCIPAL WITNESSES WHO APPEARED IN PERSON OR SUBMITTED
ment to H.R. 3622 ......
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,
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.
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