Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey

At Apex of Military, Spotlight Feels Bright, Power Seems Dim

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

WASHINGTON — The man often called America's top military officer, the most powerful person in uniform, actually commands nothing. No tanks, no planes, no ships, no troops. His voice carries great weight, but he gives no combat orders. He is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — adviser to presidents, advocate for troops, strategic thinker, a... more

Dempsey Again Confirmed as Joint Chiefs Chairman

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

The U.S. Senate has confirmed U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman. The Senate approved the general's nomination Thursday as part of a package of nominees approved by voice vote before senators began their monthlong August recess, The Hill reported. The Senate also approved ... more

DoD Considers Publicizing Generals Ethics Review

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

The recent spate of misconduct in the top ranks has put pressure on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey to crack down on the runaway egos among flag and general officers and go public with his recommendations for getting his senior leadership back in line. Dempsey completed a lengthy review on the ethics of the leadership in Februa... more

Ethics Review Looks at Perks for Top Brass

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The military has begun taking a hard look at the large staffs and personal assistants  afforded to senior leaders as part of an ethics review for general and flag officers ordered up after a series of scandals, Pentagon officials said Friday. The review by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has come up with initial... more

Shaped by War, Dempsey Doubts Wisdom of Deep US Role in Iraq

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a reporter's questions as Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens during a press conference at the Pentagon, May 7, 2015.  (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett)

LONDON — In the homestretch of a 41-year U.S. Army career shaped by war and the scars of war, Gen. Martin Dempsey sounds unconvinced that Iraq has found its path to lasting victory over the Islamic State group. But neither does the top military adviser to President Obama say the threats to Iraq today justify sending American ground troops ... more

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