Our Strategic Deployment System: Is it Structured to Support the Combatant Commander?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The strategic deployment system of this nation was first tested during the Spanish-American war. It did not do very well then and it did not improve much as the nation fought wars throughout the 20th Century. In todays new world order, our deployment system is more important to the operational commander than ever. That commander is highly dependent on this system to provide sufficient strategic mobility to meet his force projection requirements. Operation Desert ShieldStorm was the first true test of the deployment to meet a regional crisis, a crisis much like what we expect to see in the future. The single most important realization from the war was that efforts of organizations within the system required a single voice at the top. Management and organizational synergy is more important than the sheer number of lift assets available. USTRANSCOM provides that structured capability to meet the planning, resource procurement, and contingency execution response demanded by the combatant CINC. The deployment system is well postured to meet the needs of the operational level-commander in the future.
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