America’s Viceroys: The Military and U.S. Foreign Policy by D. Reveron

By D. Reveron

With the U.S. militia taking part in an ever expanding important function in American overseas coverage, strangely little consciousness has been paid to the position of nearby Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in either imposing and shaping kinfolk with a number of international locations. Wielding great strength and big assets, either army and fiscal, those officials also are diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries among different international locations and the Washington coverage technique. This e-book explores the function those army commanders play in modern U.S. international coverage.

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3). S. 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.

S. forces in Europe. S. 26 This command later evolved into the dual command structure of today: the European Command and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Eisenhower’s thoughts on his job became a good guide for future combatant commanders. ”27 Lessons from the Pacific In contrast to the European theater where General Eisenhower could control competing agendas, there was no one in the Pacific theater of operations who could control the professional rivalry between General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Chester W.

The participating service units trained separately and only met for the first time at the rendezvous point. Further, there was no clear chain of command. S. ”58 The Goldwater–Nichols Act of 1986 The process that led to Goldwater–Nichols began when chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General David Jones testified on February 3, 1982, “The system is broken. I have tried to reform it from inside, but I cannot. ”59 In response to this plea and the problems revealed by military operations in Vietnam, Iran, Lebanon, and Grenada, Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Barry Goldwater, and Congressman William Nichols led a bipartisan effort to strengthen unity of command and repair the flawed military structure.

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