2017 NDAA: Define the Goldwater–Nichols Problem before Trying to Solve It

The 2017 NDAA is an opportunity to lay the groundwork for long-term national security reform, but a rush to enact major national security reforms in this bill is misguided. Without a clear definition of the problem, proposed changes are unlikely to be helpful in improving national security outcomes for the United States. Congress is right to be concerned about vital national security issues, but should respond with deliberate analysis of the problems before jumping to legislative conclusions. Instead of enacting major reforms, Congress should work to define the problems and strengthen its own ability to affect national security decisions in the future.

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