Monday, March 10, 2008

REPORT: House Armed Services Roles and Missions report

The House Armed Services Committee has released its Panel on Roles and Missions “Initial Perspectives” report. The report can be found at The press release can be found at

Chaired by Representative Jim Cooper, the Panel was established in 2007 to review the roles and missions of the military services. As noted in the report:

“This Panel’s Report does not attempt to give full answers – and certainly not legislative ones – to these categories of problems, but to begin examining several ideas for removing or reducing a number of policy impediments. Many of these ideas will be unpopular with the Pentagon, White House, or within Congress, just as the now-famous Goldwater-Nichols reforms faced strong opposition before 1986. Some of these ideas in this Report deserve strong opposition. But the job of the Panel was to break some ground and plant a few seeds. By your reaction, you can help decide which ones deserve to grow, and offer new ones that should have been planted.”

Major chapters headers are:

  • Reform is Hard
  • Clarifying Roles and Missions
  • Confounding Roles and Missions
  • Understanding Our Adversaries
  • Better Interagency Coordination
  • Preparing for Future Missions
  • Failing Jointness

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