Accession Number : ADA298573

Title :   Theater CINCs--Warriors or Politicians,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Carnot, Russell S.

PDF Url : ADA298573

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Thesis is that a successful theater commander is not only militarily astute, but politically and diplomatically skilled as well--refuting the criticism that present theater force employment strategies are needlessly emphasizing politics at the expense of readiness. It examines historical cases where the ability of the theater commander to function in a realm where decisions are not solely based on military analysis but must take into account both internal and external political dynamics. After a review of past war and peacetime cases, it analyzes the current theater strategies of three regional CINCs from the perspective of whether political elements are given tco much weight in these current peacetime CINC campaign plans. Paper concludes that as history shows and current world strategic environment dictates, political and diplomatic considerations are as important to a successful CINC as ensuring continued combat readiness of assigned forces in structuring his theaters operations in support of the current national strategy.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, PEACETIME, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, COMBAT READINESS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, DYNAMICS, THESES, COSTS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, HISTORY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE