Roles, Rivalries, and Change
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Service roles and missions were historically well understood and accepted until around the 1940s. Although there occasionally arose some perturbations earlier over which service was responsible for what, the mid- forties brought with it several service role problems. After the war, President Truman vowed to correct the deficiencies that he and other leaders perceived in DOD. With the National Security Act of 1947 followed by the Key West Accords in 1948, service roles and missions were legislated. Despite this, service rivalry continued to shake the defense establishment over service missions. The most notable of these was the Revolt of the Admirals in 1949. Disputes and rivalries over roles and missions continue today. The thesis of this paper is that although there has been a history of interservice rivalry over roles and missions, de jure service functions will not change appreciably in the foreseeable future.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics