Evolution of the Air Component Commander Post Goldwater-Nichols
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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This research examines the role of the Joint andor Combined Forces Air Component Commander JFACC andor CFACC since the adoption of Goldwater-Nichols legislation in 1986. This work begins with a historical survey of the command of airpower and organizational arrangements from World War I through the Vietnam War. This study then examines three cases in which a single air component commander was used post-Goldwater-Nichols Operation Desert Storm, Operation Allied Force, and Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, it focuses on the men that filled the air component commander role for these operations General Charles Horner, Lieutenant General Michael Short, and General T. Michael Moseley respectively. This research determined that the role of the air component commander has evolved since its institution. It highlights the importance of the air components commanders ability to form his own organization as well as modify it to fit unique combatant command organizational structures such as the dual hatting of senior commanders and the challenge of geographic separation between component and command headquarters.
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations