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The new Joint Chiefs chairman should strive for independent thinking
The new Joint Chiefs chairman should strive for independent thinking

President Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford waged war effectively in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But it's one thing to be a battlefield commander, even a four-star theater commander, and another thing to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs — a job that is more political than strictly military. What kind of chairman will he be? History suggests that he will struggle to make his mark. The chairman is not in the chain of command, which runs from the president to the secretary of Defense to combatant commanders, but he is in a position of great potential influence as the president's primary military...

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