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By D. Reveron

With the united states military enjoying an ever expanding valuable position in American overseas coverage, unusually little recognition has been paid to the position of nearby Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in either enforcing and shaping kinfolk with numerous nations. Wielding large energy and vast assets, either army and monetary, those officials also are diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries among different international locations and the Washington coverage technique. This ebook explores the position those army commanders play in modern U.S. international coverage.

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S. unified command plan / 25 Roosevelt as a politician, MacArthur illustrated that military commanders must be politically savvy to be successful. Ultimately, the Philippines were recaptured, but Japan did not surrender as predicted until more than a year later after two atomic bombs were dropped. S. S. forces in the theater. 33 This proposal was opposed by representatives of the Army and Army Air Forces, who favored unity of command on the basis of function, rather than geography. 34 After considerable discussion, a compromise emerged as part of a comprehensive worldwide system of unified command for American forces under control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

While the principles of military command and control within each unified combatant command have changed very little since the National Security Act of 1947, the importance of unified commands has increased significantly. Originally creatures of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified combatant commanders are now powerful and independent actors in both military and political matters. Their growth in power is a product of legislative, executive, and bureaucratic actions taken during the last 50 years.

However, the JANB accomplished little, because it lacked authority to direct implementation of new concepts or enforce decisions. Also, the scope of the Joint Board’s work was limited to commenting on problems submitted to it by the secretaries of the two military departments. ”16 After World War I, the service secretaries attempted to revitalize the Joint Board. Membership was expanded to include the chiefs of the two Services, their deputies, and the chief of War Plans Division for the Army and director of Plans Division for the Navy.

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