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Senior Officers Must Lead Change in Uncertain World, Dunford Says
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at the National Defense University (NDU) Graduation at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., June 13, 2019. The NDU Class of 2019 consists of leaders from the U.S. military services, the Department of Defense, other federal government agencies, as well as from the foreign militaries, allied and partner nations.
June 14, 2019 - In an uncertain world, senior officers must be the leaders of change in the profession of arms, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the graduation ceremony for the National Defense University Class of 2019.

U.S., 15 Partner Nations Complete BQ 19.1 Coalition Capability Demonstration and Assessment in Finland
Ordnance dropped from a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet impacts during the Bold Quest 19.1 event at Rovajarvi Range near Rovaniemi, Finland, May 16, 2019. The U.S. Marine Corps’ participation in Bold Quest 19.1 ensures close-air support interoperability and enables the Marine Corps to globally deploy its forces alongside partner nations and allies. The aircraft is assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251, Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
June 11, 2019 - Bold Quest 19.1 (BQ19.1) concluded May 29 in Finland following nearly two months of on-site preparation, testing, operations and 18 days of data collection and assessment.

Chairman: Alliance Building Is a Lesson of Normandy Invasion
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attends the D-Day 75th anniversary with the UK delegation in Bayeux, France June 6, 2019.
June 10, 2019 - The success of D-Day was the result of the cooperation among the wartime allies, and that is one of the lessons from Operation Overlord that still resounds today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
U.S. Army soldiers disembark a landing craft at Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. By the end of the day, about 160,000 Allied troops had landed on five Normandy beaches and three airborne drop zones. The invasion marked the beginning of the final phase of World War II in Europe, which ended with the surrender of Germany the following May.
June 6, 2019 - On the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, we express our utmost gratitude to our Nation’s World War II veterans. Their unwavering dedication and devotion to our country and our way of life cannot be overstated.

Recent Threats From Iran Different Than Past, Chairman Says
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participates in a moderated discussion with Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, in the Falk Auditorium at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019. Brookings hosted General Dunford for a discussion on the national security landscape facing America, the state of the nation’s armed forces, and key defense choices for the future.
May 30, 2019 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the threat streams from Iran that provoked a response from the United States and also discussed the problem of deterring Russia, during a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
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

Chairman's Key Areas

• Restore joint readiness.
Our fundamental responsibility to the Nation is to be a ready force.

• Improve our joint warfighting capability.
We must maintain our ability to deter potential adversaries. When deterrence fails, we will deliver Joint Forces that can fight and win.

• Develop leaders for Joint Forces Next.
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.

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Joint Staff History

On May 15, 1951, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Omar N. Bradley conveyed his thoughts on global integration during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

“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.”

Read more about the current Chairman's focus on global integration in the context of today's complex national security environment.

 

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