Arleigh Burke Essay Contest 1st Honorable Mention
Although Goldwater-Nichols may have paved the way for victory in Desert Storm, the law has worked only because a fortunate combination of military officers and civilian officials has been both giving and listening to advice. Will this balance continue throughout the 1990s?
Joint and combined operations are the wave of the future. Interoperability is no longer enough: “jointness” is now uniformly acclaimed. In the future, deterrence and forward-presence actions will probably be conducted primarily by the naval services alone, but any significant conflict will be joint if for no other reason than the immense size of the modem battlefield. Recognition of this reality—as much as legal requirements—is the foundation for the Navy’s uncharacteristically enthusiastic embrace of “jointness.”