civilians assigned to the military and executive and legislative branches of the government
what establishes the basic principle of civilian control of the armed forces?
the us constitution
as commander in chief, the president has the final command authority. how is this authority limited?
as head of the executive branch, he or she is subject to the checks and balances of the legislative and judicial branches
what did the national security act of 1947 establish?
the department of defense
what is the dod's function?
to maintain and employ the armed forces
what departments form the dod?
office of the secretary of defense; joint chiefs of staff; joint staff; departments of the army, navy, and air force; unified combatant commands and forces dedicated to combined commands; defense agencies; dod field activities
who is the head of the dod?
the secretary of defense
who formulates general defense policy (and policy related to all matters of direct and primary concern to the dod) and executes approved policy as the principal defense policy advisor to the president?
the secdef (appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the senate)
to whom does the secdef provide written policy guidance?
the heads of dod components, chairman, secretraies of the military departments and commanders of the combatant commands
the operational chain of command runs from the presidents to the secdef to the...
what is the most important advisory body working directly with the secdef?
the armed forces policy council
in what areas does the armed forces policy council assist the secdef?
matters requiring a long-range view and formulating broad defense policy
name the five under secretaries of defense.
policy; comptroller; personnel and readiness; acquisition ,technology and logistics; intelligence
name three special agencies that provide staff assistance to the secdef.