Joint Chiefs of Staff
Definition/Scope: The Joint Staff assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in accomplishing his responsibilities for: the unified strategic direction of the combatant forces; their operation under unified command; and for their integration into an efficient team of land, naval, and air forces. The "Joint Staff" is composed of approximately equal numbers of officers from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force. In practice, the Marines make up about 20 percent of the number allocated to the Navy.
Used For:Joint Staff
Broader Terms:Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Narrower Terms:Air Force Chief of Staff
Related Terms:Joint Staff