A Theater of War Big Enough for All Services: The U.S. Army's Operational Role in the United States Pacific Command
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The purpose of this monograph is to determine what should be the U.S. Armys operational role in a maritime theater, specifically the United States Pacific Command USPACOM. In order to determine the Armys operational role in USPACOM, the paper seeks to answer two questions. First, what should operational art look like in USPACOM Second, what criteria can be used to determine the Armys operational role in USPACOM A review and analysis of current joint doctrine determines that operational art in a maritime theater is no different from any other theater. The operational operating systems outlined in TRADOC Pam 11-9 Draft are used as criteria to determine the Armys operational role in USPACOM. The conclusions show that the operational operating systems in TRADOC Pam 11-9 DRAFT are valid criteria for determining the operational role of any service. There are a host of functions that must be accomplished at the operational level of war and one service cannot accomplish them all. The paper concludes that the Army does have a viable and important operational role in USPACOM. In these times of shrinking resources, the CINC cannot afford to overlook assets of any particular service.
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