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Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986

Published October 1, 1986

Senator Barry Goldwater and Representative William Nichols authored the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, which became Public Law 99–433 on October 1, 1986. The law streamlined the chain of command in the U.S. military to address inter-agency rivalry and created the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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