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Combatant Commands


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Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has focused on breaking down barriers between the different branches, an effort that has become more urgent in the face of the Global War on Terror. Six geographic combatant commands now have responsibility for U.S. defense outreach to the rest of the world. How, exactly, do they function?

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Cynthia Watson is professor of strategy at the National War College, Washington, DC.


"... a unique introduction to the geographic commands that are now at the heart of the U.S. military deployment abroad. ... Geographic combatant commands are vital to national security. By understanding how they work, readers will better understand where our military is today and where it may be headed." - Joint Forces Journal
"Combatant Commands: Origins, Structure, and Engagements is a close study of the six geographic combatant commands that form the core of the U.S. military deployment worldwide . . . Notes, a glossary and an index round out this meticulous work of modern-day military scholarship" - Midwest Book Review
"Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

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