By D. Reveron

With the U.S. military taking part in an ever expanding vital position in American overseas coverage, strangely little consciousness has been paid to the position of nearby Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in either imposing and shaping family with numerous nations. Wielding great strength and huge assets, either army and financial, those officials also are diplomats, advisors, and intermediaries among different nations and the Washington coverage approach. This publication explores the function those army commanders play in modern U.S. international coverage.

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S. forces in the theater. 33 This proposal was opposed by representatives of the Army and Army Air Forces, who favored unity of command on the basis of function, rather than geography. 34 After considerable discussion, a compromise emerged as part of a comprehensive worldwide system of unified command for American forces under control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. President Truman approved the resulting “Outline Command Plan,” which was in effect the first UCP, on December 14, 1946. S. Code, the president, with the advice and assistance of the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signs the UCP, which establishes combatant commands.

53 For Eisenhower, the critical goal was to clarify the chain of command from the president to the combatant commanders in order to avoid ambiguity of authority and dispersion of responsibility. 54 The new law moved the authority to establish unified and specified commands from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the president. Further, it also empowered the president to assign missions to the unified and specified commands and to determine their force structure. On an operational level, the law specifically addressed the deficiencies of unified commands that limited the authority of combatant commanders over component commands.

S. engagement with the Colombian military was minimal, due to a poor Colombian track record on human rights and perceived incompetence and corruption in Bogotá. S. 3 billion aid package for Colombia, the majority of which was earmarked for the Colombian military. While changes in Colombia’s political landscape provided a rationale for rapprochement and a deteriorating security environment provided an impetus for policy change, General Wilhelm, through behind-the-scenes advocacy and personal diplomacy in Bogotá and Washington, proved to be the most influential force in determining the shape and direction of that policy change.

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