Accession Number:

ADA243341

Title:

The Land Component Commander: Is One Required

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-05-09

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE