1. who makes the military policy decisions?
    civilians assigned to the military and executive and legislative branches of the government
  2. what establishes the basic principle of civilian control of the armed forces?
    the us constitution
  3. 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
  4. what did the national security act of 1947 establish?
    the department of defense
  5. what is the dod's function?
    to maintain and employ the armed forces
  6. 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
  7. who is the head of the dod?
    the secretary of defense
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. the operational chain of command runs from the presidents to the secdef to the...
    combatant commanders
  11. what is the most important advisory body working directly with the secdef?
    the armed forces policy council
  12. in what areas does the armed forces policy council assist the secdef?
    matters requiring a long-range view and formulating broad defense policy
  13. name the five under secretaries of defense.
    policy; comptroller; personnel and readiness; acquisition ,technology and logistics; intelligence
  14. name three special agencies that provide staff assistance to the secdef.
    defense threat reduction agency; security service; defense logistics agency
  15. who is the principal militar advisor to the president, national security council and the secdef?
    the chairman, joint chiefs of staff (he or she may also be assigned oversight of the combatant commands)
  16. how is the cjcs selected?
    the president selects and appoints the cjcs from the officers of the regular components of the armed forces (with the advice and consent of the senate)
  17. the cjcs holds the grade of general (or admiral) and outranks all other officers of the armed forces while serving. t/f
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