Accession Number : ADA268609


Title :   FROM SAC TO STRATCOM: The Origins of Unified Command Over Nuclear Forces


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Gilmour, Gregory S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268609.pdf


Report Date : 17 Jun 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 84


Abstract : This thesis examines the creation of United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). This assessment reviews the past and recent attempts to create a unified command over strategic nuclear forces. Interviews conducted by the author with the major individuals involved in the current creation of STRATCOM, along with a historical review of-past attempts to consolidate nuclear forces provide the basis for this thesis. In examining why STRATCOM was created, two competing arguments were used to answer the question presented. The main argument for the creation of STRATCOM was the fact that there was no need to keep strategic nuclear forces in separate commands at the end of the Cold War. The counter argument is that the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 alone forced the creation of STRATCOM. The results from this research show that there is now a trend among the military leaders to cooperate among themselves. The author uses the reasons for the creation of STRATCOM as a possible blueprint for how the Services will react to possible Unified Command Plan changes in the future.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY) , *STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND , AIR FORCE , UNITED STATES , COUNTERS , NAVY , THESES , COLD WAR


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE