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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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Abbreviations

    Abbreviations and Acronyms PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Results of the Demand-Side Analysis PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Results of the Supply-Side Analysis PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Other Research Observations PDF

  • Bibliography PDF

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