Accession Number : ADA546581


Title :   Partnership for the Americas: Western Hemisphere Strategy and U.S. Southern Command


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Stavridis, James G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a546581.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 293


Abstract : Since its creation in 1963, United States Southern Command has been led by 30 senior officers representing all four of the armed forces. None has undertaken his leadership responsibilities with the cultural sensitivity and creativity demonstrated by Admiral Jim Stavridis during his tenure in command. Breaking with tradition, Admiral Stavridis discarded the customary military model as he organized the Southern Command Headquarters. In its place he created an organization designed not to subdue adversaries, but instead to build durable and enduring partnerships with friends. His observation that it is the business of Southern Command to launch ideas not missiles into the command's area of responsibility gained strategic resonance throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America, and at the highest levels in Washington, DC. Pursuing his vision for the Americas with limited resources, Admiral Stavridis made the most of every ship, airplane, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coastguardsman committed to the region, employing each on constructive missions designed to create goodwill and mutual respect. Perhaps Jim Stavridis' most enduring contribution to Southern Command is the newly constructed headquarters complex in Miami. The new building, which finally creates a permanent lodgment for the command in the city that the Admiral correctly describes as the Gateway to the Americas, is a testimonial to his persistence, persuasiveness, and credibility within the Department of Defense and the U. S. Congress. More than a building, the new headquarters is tacit recognition of the importance of the command and acknowledgment that Miami is the single right location for the institution that, as much or more than any other, expresses our commitment to peace and stability in this hemisphere.


Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP , *LATIN AMERICA , *STRATEGY , UNITED STATES , MODELS , ARMY PERSONNEL , SECURITY , PLANNING , RESOURCES , INTERNATIONAL , CULTURE , SOUTH AMERICA , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , WEST INDIES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , CONGRESS


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE