It has been ten years since the Defense Department Reorganization Act (Goldwater-Nichols) became the law of the land. From what I understand, many of the people who were responsible for getting this legislation written and passed by Congress are celebrating this event. The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John M. Shalikashvili, has requested that the anniversary be commemorated by our military forces worldwide—even that they develop special events to celebrate Goldwater-Nichols and jointness.
Celebrating this anniversary may be a good idea, but it also is important at this time to take a critical look at what Goldwater-Nichols has wrought, to compare what the legislation was intended to accomplish with what actually has happened. I doubt that everything has turned out as expected; therefore, it would be wise to find out where improvements are needed.