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Army Gen. Mark A. Milley
20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Chairman Milley's Key Focus Areas
  • Sustain our values. 
    American values have made us strong for two and a half centuries, and we will never waver in our commitment to the U.S. Constitution.
     
  • Improve joint warfighting readiness. 
    We must be ready 24-7—that is our contract with the American people. We will also continue to work closely with our Allies and partners to improve our collective security and protect our common interests.
     
  • Develop the Joint Force of the future. 
    We will modernize our military through innovative concept development, advanced technology, and new capabilities.
     
  • Develop and empower Joint Force leaders.
    The future operating environment will place new demands on leaders at all levels. Our leaders must have the training, education, and experience to meet those demands.
     
  • Take care of our people and families. 
    They are our most precious asset. We must always keep faith with them.

    *Read his initial message to the Joint Force on his first day as Chairman*

 

Chairman's Focus on Global Integration

“The Joint Chiefs of Staff, in view of their global responsibilities and their perspective with respect to the worldwide strategic situation, are in a better position than any single theater commander to assess the risk of general war. Moreover, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are best able to judge our own military resources with which to meet that risk.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Omar N. Bradley in 1951 to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Learn more about global integration and how it informs decision making for the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense and supports the National Defense Strategy.

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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley's Phone Call with Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler
Oct. 18, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler today.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley's Phone Call with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi
Oct. 15, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following Readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi by telephone on Tuesday, 15 October.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley's Phone Call with Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Gerasimov
Oct. 14, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov by telephone today.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley's Phone Call with Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler
Oct. 11, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler today.

Esper Condemns Turkey's Syria Incursion, Says U.S. Stands With Syrian Democratic Forces
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon, Oct. 11, 2019.
Oct. 11, 2019 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper condemned Turkey's unilateral military incursion into Northern Syria, saying the move endangers civilians, will encourage instability and may cause the resurrection of ISIS.
Joint Staff History

On Aug. 10, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an amendment to the 1947 National Security Act, which officially established the permanent role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley was sworn in as the first chairman on Aug. 16, 1949 by then-Secretary of Defense Louis JohnsonWatch historic footage from this event.

Defense Secretary Louis A. Johnson swears in General of the Army Omar N. Bradley as the nation’s first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Aug. 16, 1949. DoD photo

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