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TITLE:  DoD Directive 5158.1, "Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Relationships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense", 05/01/1985

SUMMARY: This directive reissues reference DoD Directive 5158.1, subject as above, January 26, 1980 (hereby canceled). the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1958 and the President's Message to the Congress of April 3, 1958, set forth general policies, procedures, and organizational relationships required for the effective direction of the defense establishment. The President's Message singles out the accomplishment of the following objective as one of the paramount duties of the Secretary of Defense, acting with the advice and assistance of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and under the supervision of the Commander-in-Chief: "Strategic and tactical planning must be completely unified, combat forces organized into unified commands, each equipped with the most efficient weapons systems that science can develop, singly led and prepared to fight as one, regardless of Service." the purpose of this Directive is to implement the department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1958 and the President's Message of April 3, 1958, with respect to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and its relationship with the major offices in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, such as the Counsel of the Department of Defense, the Assistants to the Secretary of Defense, and the heads of other offices established by the Secretary of Defense. The function of the Department of Defense and its major components have been set forth in DoD Directive 5100.1, "Functions of the Department of Defense and its Major Components, " May 1, 1985.

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