30 Years of Goldwater-Nichols Reform, Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 10, 2015   [open pdf - 257KB]

This testimony compilation is from the November 10, 2015 Hearing on '30 Years of Goldwater-Nichols Reform' held before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "This morning's hearing is critical -- is a critical inflection point in our efforts. Our prior hearings have sought to establish a broad context in which to consider the question of defense reform. We have evaluated global trends in threats and technology, their implications for national security, and what the United States military and the Department of Defense must do to succeed against these complex and uncertain challenges. Today, we begin to look more closely at our defense organization, and we do so by revisiting the Goldwater- Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. This landmark legislation, which marks its 30th anniversary next year, was the most consequential reform of the Department of Defense since its creation. And this committee played a critical role at every step of the way, from initial study to first draft to final passage. Put simply, the Goldwater-Nichols reforms would never have happened without the leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee. And yet, to a large degree, the organization of the Department still reflects those major decisions and changes made back in 1986. On the whole, those reforms have served us well, but much has happened in the past 30 years. We need a defense organization that can meet our present and future challenges. That is why we must ask, Has the time come to reconsider, and potentially update, Goldwater-Nichols? And if so, how and in what ways?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John J. Hamre, James R. Locher III, and Jim Thomas.

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