The Defense Reform Initiative recently announced by the Secretary of Defense includes in its goals the streamlining of headquarters organizations. In line with this initiative the Joint Staff will transfer command and control of the Joint Warfighting Center, Fort Monroe, Va.; the Joint Communications support element, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas; the Joint Battle Center, Suffolk, Va.; and the Joint Warfighting Analysis Center, Dahlgren, Va. to the United States Atlantic Command. The command and control of these activities will be effective Oct. 1, 1998. No physical movement of these activities or name change are planned as a result of this action.
This shift of command and control will enable the Joint Staff to focus on its policy, direction and oversight duties. Realigning the joint centers will improve joint warfighting and training by strengthening USACOM's role and capabilities for joint functional training support, joint warfighting support, joint doctrine and Joint Vision 2010 development. Among the five regional commanders in chief USACOM is unique because of its mission as the military's joint force provider, integrator and trainer, a role which makes it ideally suited to oversee these joint agencies.
According to Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this represents a significant change in the way we do business. "It is the right thing to do. The endstate is envisioned as a force training and warfighting support organization that will strengthen the warfighting CINCs. This enhanced organization will provide a single source for joint training and warfighting support for the warfighter with a strong role in lessons learned, modeling and simulation, doctrine, and joint force capability experimentation."