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Reforming military command arrangements : the case of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force / Henrik Bliddal

Bliddal, Henrik (författare)
Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute 
Alternativt namn: Army War College. Strategic Studies Institute
Alternativt namn: Strategic Studies Institute
Alternativt namn: SSI
ISBN 978-1-58487-481-2
Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2011
Engelska viii, 87 s.
Serie: Letort papers ; [46]
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  • Long-term strategic thinking meets organizational politics -- The stony road towards the RDJTF -- The legacy : U.S. strategy in the Persian Gulf before 1977 -- From Carter's inauguration to the fall of the shah -- From the fall of the shah to the invasion of Afghanistan -- From the invasion of Afghanistan to Reagan's inauguration -- Epilogue : the Reagan administration and Central Command -- Conclusion and perspectives -- The Carter years and military command arrangements for the Persian Gulf -- A historic case, enduring challenges -- Where we are today : the state of the U.S. national security system.
  • Our national security system turns our overall capabilities into active assets, protects us against the threats of an anarchic international system and makes it possible to exploit its opportunities. Today, however, the system is arguably in dire need of reform. Much remains in the dark about how the organizations that safeguard our national security are reformed because international circumstances change. The author examines a crucial historical case of military reform: the establishment of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF)--the direct predecessor of Central Command. He discusses how the U.S. military adapted to the emerging security challenges in the Persian Gulf in the late 1970s by recasting military command arrangements. The RDJTF was one of the components of President Carter's Persian Gulf Security Framework, which marked a critical strategic reorientation towards the region as a vital battleground in the global competition with the Soviet Union. The author also suggests how national security reforms can be understood more generally. In this way, he lays out some of today's challenges that we must face in effectively restructuring our security and defense establishment. Especially in these times of fiscal restraint, a better grasp of institutional reform is very much needed. Based upon original interviews with key civilians and military officers as well as extensive archival research, including the analysis of material only recently declassified, this monograph is the most complete account of the establishment of the RDJTF thus far 


Deployment (Strategy)  -- Government policy -- United States. (LCSH)
National security  -- United States. (LCSH)
Military doctrine  -- United States. (LCSH)
Unified operations (Military science)  (LCSH)
USA  -- military operations -- Persian Gulf (sipri)
United States  -- Armed Forces -- Reorganization -- 20th century. (LCSH)
United States  -- Military relations -- Persian Gulf Region. (LCSH)
Persian Gulf Region  -- Military relations -- United States. (LCSH)
Persian Gulf Region  -- Strategic aspects. (LCSH)


United States. Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force -- History.
United States. Central Command -- History.


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