The Land Component Commander: Is One Required
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Research Problem. Joint doctrine does not address the conflict between how the U.S. Army and the Unified Commanders in Chief CINCs prefer to organize ground forces in a theater of operations. The Army prefers a subordinate land component commander LCC. This monograph seeks to answer the question when does a theater of operations need a subordinate LCC Research Method. The monograph reviews the problem, describes the organizational options, surveys the historical trends, and conducts a detailed analysis using three criteria, three principles of war objective, unity of command, and simplicity. Conclusions. There are five considerations which may favor the use of a subordinate LCC theater immaturity, leader inexperience, objective concentration, CINC weakness, and parochial interest. A strong subordinate LCC is a means to ensure unity of land force command, if the CINC has a different nationality from the major land force, that nation may need a subordinate LCC to protect its interests.
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