The Duke Chronicle | November 6, 2018
By Xinchen Li

Gen. Joseph Dunford—chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—delivered a talk Monday night about the U.S. military in a time of geopolitical strain.

As the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and the nation’s highest-ranking and senior-most military officer, Dunford said his responsibility is to ensure the U.S. military is capable of defending the national interest and enable it to carry out its missions efficiently and sustainably.

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In this regard, Dunford’s predecessor—former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey (Ret.)—tweeted on Nov. 1, calling the mission of sending military forces to cope with the entry of the caravan a “wasteful deployment of over-stretched Soldiers and Marines.”

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