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By D. Reveron

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ISBN-10: 1403979111

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With the U.S. defense force taking part in an ever expanding crucial position in American overseas coverage, strangely little cognizance has been paid to the position of neighborhood Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in either enforcing and shaping relatives with numerous nations. Wielding great energy and monstrous assets, either army and monetary, those officials also are diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries among different international locations and the Washington coverage procedure. This e-book explores the position those army commanders play in modern U.S. international coverage.

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Though referred to as the American Caesar, even General Douglas MacArthur was fired by President Truman. Combatant commanders are highly dependent on their chains of command, particularly the secretary of Defense, accountable to Congress, and limited by their short terms of command lasting only two to three years. However, with the military assuming a dominant role in American foreign policy through the global war on terrorism and post-conflict reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, the potential for the combatant commanders’ power, or at least the DOD’s, to grow will increase unless checked.

Command Missions The UCP also establishes the missions of the combatant commands. In accordance with UCP 2002, all combatant commanders are assigned the following missions:38 ● ● ● ● ● Deterring attacks against the United States, its territories, possessions and bases, and employing appropriate force should deterrence fail. Carrying out assigned missions and tasks. Assigning tasks to, and directing coordination among, the combatant command’s subordinate commands to ensure unified action in the accomplishment of the combatant commander’s assigned missions.

Concept of unified command first developed— primarily in the European Theater during World War II—there was no command structure outside the theater of operations to unify command below the president. Underneath the president was a dual structure consisting of the secretary of the Navy who, with the chief of Naval Operations, exercised control over all naval forces, and the secretary of war who, with the Army Chief of Staff, exercised control over all Army and Army Air Forces. As a matter of practicality, the practice of designating one of the Service chiefs as the “executive agent” overseeing all forces within a theater developed during the war.

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