Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced a package of reforms to the Goldwater Nichols Act of 1986 last week. Several of the changes would impact how the Joint Chiefs of Staff provide information and advice to the Secretary of Defense and the President. General Richard Myers (USAF ret.) was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. He’s just been named interim President of Kansas State University. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Northrup Grumman. He discussed how the reforms might impact the Chiefs of Staff, and especially the Chairman, on National Defense Week.
Photo credit: At sea aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) Dec. 22, 2002 — Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes questions from members of the national and international press during a media availability in the ship’s hangar bay. Gen. Myers visited the carrier battle group while touring military installations throughout the Central Command area of operation. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Felix Garza Jr.