Joint Chiefs of Staff

December 20, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, USA, speak with Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, USA, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) & Fort Campbell, near Bastogne, Belgium, on December 16 as part of the events for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The leaders announced today the official creation of the U.S. Space Force, the newest branch of the military in 70 years. DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. military will be adding another service to its organization, the Space Force. The move becomes official with the signing of the S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 by the president later today, announced Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, USA. The top two military leaders briefed the press at the Pentagon and broadcasted the event online December 20.

December 12, 2019

Gen. Mark A. Milley, USA, has been sworn in as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

December 6, 2019

Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, USAF, has been assigned as the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

June 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, chief of staff of the Air Force, speaking at the Mitchell Institute Strategic Deterrence Breakfast event on June 26, warns of increasing posturing of Russia and China in the Arctic region.

With Russia and China pursuing “rapid and comprehensive” nuclear weapon modernization efforts, instead of denuclearization, the United States must remain vigilant in its commitment to update its defensive tools to protect the nation, said Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, chief of staff of the Air Force.

The chief of staff spoke at the Mitchell Institute’s Strategic Deterrence Breakfast Series on June 26. He confirmed the necessity of the United States’ nuclear deterrence triad, the combination of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), ballistic missile submarines and the aircraft bomber fleet, which serve as the backbone of our national security.

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A West 2019 panel discusses combat operations in the cyber realm. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The United States is fully engaged in combat operations in the cyber realm, according to a panel of military officials at the AFCEA-USNI West conference in San Diego.

Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, who served as moderator on the panel, kicked off the discussion saying the nation is in “Phase III” in the information domain. Phase III refers to the multiple stages of war. According to, the phases include: halting an invasion, force buildup and deployment, counteroffensive or counterattack, and ensuring postwar stability.

November 20, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z006); Capstone Corp., Alexandria, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z007); Science Applications Information Corp., Reston, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z008); General Dynamic Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z009); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z010); and CALIBRE Systems Inc., Alexandria, Virginia (N00189-19-D-Z011), are awarded an estimated $577,471,075 in multiple award cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide Joint Force development and training support services to enhance and improve th

January 12, 2018

Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady, USN, has been nominated for assignment as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2017

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8) invites businesses to attend a Joint Staff Industry Conference to better understand the similarities and differences among the military's strategic vision and challenges, National Military Strategy document and Fiscal Years 2019-2023 Capability Gap Assessment. Gen. Paul Selva, USAF, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the keynote speaker.

May 10, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

SIGNAL Media today launches a multi-month project to highlight women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, most commonly referred to as STEM.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 1984, women earned 37 percent of college degrees in STEM fields. Fast-forward 26 years, the number had dropped to just 12 percent. SIGNAL and AFCEA International’s Women in AFCEA seek to learn why. 

May 17, 2016

Mark R. Jacobson has been appointed as senior adviser to the Chiefs of Staff, Immediate Office, Washington, D.C. 

November 18, 2015

Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, USN, has been assigned as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

July 22, 2015

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $32,389,278 cost-plus-fixed-price-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed- price ordering provisions for research and development, technology, analytical and engineering support services to provide the capability to meet both existing and emerging command and control requirements at the Joint Staff J-6 C4 Assessments Division. This contract includes a 36-month ordering period. Work will be performed in Suffolk, Virginia, and is to be completed by July 2018.

June 10, 2015

Gen. Joseph Dunford, USMC, has been nominated chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

March 27, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Bert K. Mizusawa, USAR, has been named assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for reserve matters, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.