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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
Deputy Secretary of Defense

Narrower Terms:

Air Force Chief of Staff
Army Chief of Staff
Central Intelligence Agency
Chief of Naval Operations
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Defense Continuity Program
Department of Defense Continuity Programs
Inter-American Force
Unified Command Plan
United States Marine Corps
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Related Terms:

Joint Staff
Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan
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