Cover: Identifying and Supporting Joint Duty Assignments

Identifying and Supporting Joint Duty Assignments

Executive Summary

Published 1996

by John F. Schank, Harry J. Thie, Margaret C. Harrell


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The Goldwater-Nichols Reorganization Act of 1986 directed the Department of Defense to make a broad range of organizational and functional changes to better enable the military services to carry out successful joint operations. However, concerns raised on numerous fronts prompted Congress to reevaluate the original implementation of the legislation. RAND's research has approached the concerns from both the demand and supply sides. The goal of the demand-side research was to recommend a procedure for measuring the joint content of a position and to understand the implications of the recommended procedure when applied to data collected from a survey of 15,000 potential joint duty positions. The goal of the supply-side research was to determine how many of the positions with joint content the services could support. Recommendations based on the research results are given for both analyses, along with further observations.

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