Reforming Military Command Arrangements: The Case of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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After the Shah of Iran was deposed and the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the United States began to craft a new Persian Gulf Security Framework PGSF. Consisting of military, diplomatic, economic, and covert steps, it signified a historic strategic reorientation towards the Persian Gulf. This paper examines an integral part of the PGSF the creation of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force RDJTF. As the first real tool for U.S. power projection in the area, and the immediate precursor to todays Central Command CENTCOM, the RDJTF has indeed left an important mark on the U.S. approach to the Persian Gulf. This paper is the fullest account of its creation thus far.
- Military Forces and Organizations