An Organizational Framework for US Pacific Command
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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United States Pacific Command USPACOM underpins regional stability through an integration of forward presence and a network of bilateral security alliances. This presence makes the United States the key regional presence, contributes to regional stability, enhances U.S. diplomatic influence, and contributes to an environment conducive to the growth of U.S. economic interests. As the 21st century approaches, strategic planners should analyze changes in the international environment, domestic political realities, and the ability of the United States and her allies to share responsibility in shaping the future. This paper examines USPACOM and its organizational structure in light of changes in the strategic environment. The essay seeks to review the ways in which USPACOM meets these strategic ends. First, this paper begins with a brief background of the USPACOM area of responsibility AOR and organizational structure. Next, a military response model introduces a means to examine the deployment challenges of USPACOM forces and contingency responses. Finally, the paper explores three internal organizational alternatives and one external modification to the USPACOM structure identifying strengths and weaknesses of the proposals. A logical place to discuss USPACOM begins with its strategic environment and the organizational structure to prosecute the mission. The first two proposals appear cost prohibitive. The last two alternatives make fiscal sense and could promote more effective responses to future crises. Figure 5 summarizes the recommended changes to USPACOMs organizational structure.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations