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Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command, on March 1, 2021, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
March 2, 2021 - U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with U.S. Space Command and Space Operations Command leaders March 1, 2021, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, to discuss each organization's...

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s Video Teleconference with Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Admiral Art McDonald
Feb. 23, 2021 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Admiral Art McDonald today...

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Milley’s Phone Call with Swedish Supreme Commander Gen. Micael Bydén
Feb. 22, 2021 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Swedish Supreme Commander Gen. Micael Bydén today by...

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley’s Phone Call with Chief of Staff, Japan Joint Staff Gen. Koji Yamazaki
Feb. 16, 2021 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke today with Chief of Staff, Japan Joint Staff Gen. Koji Yamazaki by...

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s Phone Call with France’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. François Lecointre
Feb. 16, 2021 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with French Chief of Defence Staff Gen. François Lecointre today by phone...
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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 latest Jan. 12, 2021 Message to the Joint Force*

 

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.

Joint Staff History

On Dec. 20, 2020, the Joint Chiefs welcomed Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond as its newest member.

Watch highlights from the induction ceremony and hear more from the chairman on why the space domain matters to our national security.

Special Reports

C J C S Directives Libary

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Joint Force Quarterly Journal 4th Quarter 2020

 

DoD Response to Coronavirus

  

 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley on Coronavirus and the Safety and Efficacy of the Vaccine
 

"I have full faith and confidence that the vaccine is safe and effective and will protect our force as we work to protect American citizens.”

“We are at war. It’s a different type of war, but a war, nonetheless. And we are the United States military and we will prevail in this war, both as a nation and as the Armed Forces.”

''This is not the first challenge the United States has ever faced. This is not the first war we've ever been in...We will get through this through solid leadership, caring for our troops and keeping focus on the mission."

"We are committed to the health and safety of you and our families...We are the world's finest fighting force and it's because of you. Keep your eye on the mission and take care of yourselves and each other."

“The impact on uniformed military is very minimal...We are also preparing to help--Whatever the nation needs...We're able to support other agencies, as necessary, and as required by the President and Congress."

"[Taking care of soldiers and families is] one of the top priorities of the secretary of defense, it's one of the top priorities of all of us in uniform, it's one of our solemn responsibilities to take care of our soldiers and families and we intend to do that. And we'll provide whatever assistance is needed to them."

"Here in the United States, we are making all due preparations to protect our bases, camps and stations and also to act in support of Health and Human Services. So we've got lots of capabilities, medical capabilities, housing, and so on, so forth that if required and directed by the secretary of defense we'll do our part."

Joint Staff Surgeon Brig. Gen. Dr. Paul Friedrichs on Coronavirus and the Vaccine
 

"We continue to ensure our approach is science-based, derived from what @CDCGov publishes & that we do everything possible to take care of our service members so they can continue to protect our nation."

Have a listen to our Joint Staff Surgeon's full statement from the Jan. 28 Pentagon press briefing.

“Not only do we have an obligation to the health of our service members and to their families, we also have an obligation to preserve our ability to do our military mission and to our communities in which we have bases.”

"The immediate risk to our force remains low. We’ve had a handful of cases worldwide--No one is seriously ill and everyone who has been diagnosed has been appropriately treated or getting the care they need."

"The current confirmed cases are low and we want to keep those numbers low by implementing common-sense mitigation efforts. These practical measures can have a significant impact on controlling the spread of COVID-19."

"Every individual has the responsibility to implement these basic measures, including social distancing measures in the workplace and frequently wiping down surfaces."
 

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"For years, [we] have had a very robust research and development program looking at viral illnesses. Our labs have been working on vaccines, and we are partnering with [Health and Human Services] and CDC on developing vaccine candidates."

 

   


Learn more about DoD's priorities to combat coronavirus.