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Goldwater-Nichols And Beyond: a Selected Bibliography

The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-433) continues to be a widely used source at the Pentagon Library. Now, with a new reorganization in the not-to-distant future, a selected bibliography has been prepared looking at what this act set out to do and what it accomplished. The following are selected books and journal articles maintained at the Pentagon Library. Also included are some on-line sources for your desktop pleasure.


Army implementation of Title V, DOD Reorganization Act of 1986. [Washington, DC]:  Headquarters, Dept. of the Army, [1987].
Call number UA25 .U6 1987

Besson, Paul M. The Goldwater-Nichols Act: a ten year report card. Cambridge, MA: Harvard  University, 1998.
Call number UA23 .B47 1998

Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986: a primer. Arlington, VA: Association of the United States Army, [1986].
Call number UA23.3 .A75 1986

Lacy, James L. Studies in defense organization: a guide to Title III of the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corp., 1987.
Call number Q180 .A1 R14 no. 2594

LoPresti, Thomas T. The JCS system before and after Goldwater-Nichols. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College, 1991.
Call number UA 23.7 .L66 1991

Lovelace, Douglas C. Unification of the United States Armed Forces: implementing the 1986 Department of Defense Reorganization Act. [Carlisle Barracks, PA]: Strategic Studies Institute, 1996.
  Call number U260 .L682 1996

McNaugher, Thomas L. Improving military coordination: the Goldwater-Nichols reorganization of the Department of Defense. Washington, DC: Brookings Institute, 1994.
Call number UA23 .M362 1994

Norton, Robert F. Impact of the Goldwater-Nichols Reorganization Act on the U.S. Army Reserve. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College, [1988].
Call number UA42 .N67 1988

Oskam, Margaretha I. The impact of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 on the woman line naval officer. Carlisle Barracks, PA: US Army War College, [1988].
Call number VB324 .W65 O7 1988

Report on roles and functions of the Armed Forces. Washington, DC: Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1989.
Call number UA 16 .R46 1989

Seeley, Mark T. The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Act of 1986: genesis and postscript. Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School, 1987.
Call number UA23 .S44 1988

Tighe, Dennis W. Unification of forces: the road to jointness? Fort Leavenworth, KS: School of Advanced Military Studies, 1991.
Call number U260 .T53 1991

United States. Dept. of the Army. Army study of Defense agencies and DOD field activities: Title III,  the DOD Reorganization Act of 1986. [Washington, DC]: Headquarters, Dept. of the Army, [1987].
Call number UA 23.3 .U52 1987

United States. Dept. of Defense. Reinventing the Department of Defense. [Washington, DC: Dept. of Defense, 1996].
Call number UA23.3 .R45 1996

Yuknis, Christopher A. The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986: an interim assessment. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College, [1992].
Call number UA23.3 .Y84 1992


Adolph, Robert B., Jr. et. al. "Why Goldwater - Nichols didn’t go far enough". JFQ:  Joint Forces Quarterly (Spring 1995): 48-53.

Blumenson, Martin. "Reorganization: Army shifts gears." Army (May 1987): 44-48.

Boo, Katherine. "How the Congress won the war in the gulf: implementing the Goldwater - Nichols Defense Reorganization Act in the Persian Gulf War." Washington Monthly (October 1991) : 31-37.

Boggs, Kevin et. al. The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986: An Analysis of Air Force Implementation of Title IV and Its Impact on the Air Force Officer Corps. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, May 1995. 14 Jan. 1997

Chiarelli, Peter W. "Beyond Goldwater-Nichols." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly (Autumn 1993): 71-81.

Hadley, Arthur T. "Military coup: the reform that worked; Goldwater-Nichols Military Reform Act of 1986." The New Republic (18 January 1988): 17-20.

Holzer, Robert. "Does Next Decade Mandate Goldwater-Nichols Reform?" Defense News 2 Dec, (8 Dec, corr) 1996: 1.

Kitfield, James. "Command performance in Norfolk." The National Journal  (12 December 1998): 2947.

Locher, James R. III. "Taking stock of Goldwater-Nichols." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly (Autumn 1996): 10-17.

Momiyama, Thomas S. "Champion for Technology Developers." Aerospace America (July 1998): B32.

Murphy, Peter M. and William M. Koenig. "Whither Goldwater-Nichols?" Naval Law Review  1996: 183-202.

Peterson, Jon J. "Changing how we change." Military Review May-Jun 1998.

Previdi, Robert G. "Goldwater - Nichols: Where have ten years taken us?" U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings (May 1997): 14.

Prina, L. Edgar. "Reorganization and reality—the Goldwater-Nichols Act: Pitfalls and promises." Sea Power (January 1987): 19-23.

RisCassi, Robert W. "Doctrine for Joint Operations in a Combined Environment." Military Review  Jan-Feb 1997.

Roman, Peter J. and David W. Tarr. "The Joint Chiefs of Staff: From service parochialism to jointness."  Political Science Quarterly (Spring 1998): 91-111.

Terres, Robert T. "Defense reorganization making interoperability & jointness a way of life." Defense/88 (Jan-Feb 1988): 19-25.

Online Sources

Correll, John T. "Joint Vision." Air Force Magazine August 1996.

Correll, John T. "Joint Fire Drill." Air Force Magazine July 1998.

Donley, Michael B. "Prospects for the Military Departments." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly Autumn 1996.

Grant, Rebecca. "Closing the Doctrine Gap." Air Force Magazine January 1997.

Graves, Howard D. and Don M. Snider. "Emergence of the Joint Officer." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly  Autumn 1996.

Isenberg, David. "Missing the Point: Why the Reforms of the Joint Chiefs of Staff won’t Improve U.S. Defense Policy.Policy Analysis February 29, 1988.

Jones, David C. "Past Organizational Problems." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly Autumn 1996.

Locher, James R. III. "Taking Stock of Goldwater-Nichols." JFQ: Joint Forces Quarterly Autumn 1996.

Lovelace, Douglas C., Jr. Unification of the United States Armed Forces: Implementing the 1986 Department of Defense Reorganization Act, Part 1 August 6, 1996.
Note: to get to the next part, click on "Continue to View Study Online" at the bottom of each part.


Shelton, Henry H. "Insights: Operationalizing Joint Vision 2010." Military Review May-Jun 1998.