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

By D. Reveron

With the united states defense force taking part in an ever expanding vital function in American international coverage, strangely little awareness has been paid to the function of local Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in either enforcing and shaping family with a variety of international locations. Wielding large energy and giant assets, either army and financial, those officials also are diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries among different international locations and the Washington coverage technique. This booklet explores the function those army commanders play in modern U.S. international coverage.

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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.

S. ”25 Of course, history judged Eisenhower’s style as successful and proved to be a model for the postwar military command structure. After the war, the Joint Chiefs of Staff saw utility in retaining a unified command system even in peacetime. 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.

Though General Tommy Franks, General Wesley Clark, and General Charles Wilhelm were significant policy actors, they were never truly as autonomous as Caesar was. 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.

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