The news that the Department of Defense is shuttering the Joint Forces Command was just broken to JFCOM's public affairs officer ... by a reporter. Ouch.
Rumors of JFCOM's demise have been floating around for some time, though, so this cannot be completely unexpected. One of the wisest military analysts I know remarked, upon hearing the rumors, that JFCOM does three valuable things that either the joint staff or another command will now have to pick up:
- Writing joint doctrine.
- Monitoring force readiness and modernization across the services.
- Coordinating U.S. and NATO modernization efforts.
Other than that, I myself am unsure of what else we're losing.