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Push to combine programs gets top-level attention.

In an effort to consolidate military service programs into "joint capabilities," top Defense Department officials will recommend specific areas that should be funded and managed jointly, rather than by individual services.

So far, two candidate programs are "joint logistics," and "joint command-and-control," says Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary, of defense for policy These two areas, Henry says, will become part of a "joint capabilities portfolio" that will shape spending plans beginning in fiscal year 2008.

In charge of this undertaking is the so-called "group of 12," which includes the deputy defense secretary,, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, five undersecretaries, four vice chiefs, and the deputy chief of U.S. Special Operations Command.

"It could add up to 150 different actions," Henry, says. "We want to build capabilities before this administration ends."
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Title Annotation:Washington Pulse
Author:Erwin, Sandra I.
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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