Theoretically, under our unification system, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are supposed to give military advice to our civilian masters—namely, the high-level government executives who, under the Constitution, have management of our national security matters (We must also remember that we have two other masters: public opinion and the Congress).
Eccles, Henry E.
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