Army Gen. Mark A. Milley20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“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
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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 Johnson. Watch historic footage from this event.
SecDef Esper and CJCS Milley Press Briefing
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