WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama authorized Defense Secretary Robert Gates to dissolve the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which has coordinated all joint training, doctrine and operations for the U.S. armed forces.
Secretary Gates recommended the elimination of the Norfolk, Va. command in August as part of a package of efficiency measures meant to eliminate organizations that he had determined "perform duplicative functions and/or [have] outlived their original purpose."
In recommending closure, Gates said that over time it had "created an unneeded extra layer and step in the force management process."
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