Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Employment.png Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
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StartAugust 19, 1949
Leader ofJoint Chiefs of Staff
DeputyVice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
BossUS/Secretary of Defense
The highest-ranking US military officer.Boss of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces[1] and is the principal military advisor to the US President, the National Security Council,[2] and the Secretary of Defense.[2][3] While the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff outranks all other commissioned officers, he is prohibited by law from having operational command authority over the Armed Forces; however, the Chairman is permitted to assist the President and the Secretary of Defense in exercising their command functions.[1]


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David C. Jones21 June 197818 June 1982
George S. Brown1 July 197420 June 1978
Thomas Moorer2 July 19701 July 1974
Earle Wheeler3 July 19642 July 1970
Maxwell Taylor1 October 19621 July 1964
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Nathan Farragut Twining15 August 195730 September 1960
Arthur W. Radford15 August 195315 August 1957
Omar Bradley19 August 194915 August 1953


A Document by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)
File:US Nuclear weapons in Europe.pdfpolicy15 March 2005Europe
US/Nuclear weapons
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  1. a b [1] 10 USC 152. Chairman: appointment; grade and rank
  2. a b [2] 10 USC 151. Joint Chiefs of Staff: composition; functions
  3. [3] Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986

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