New DoD Unified Command Areas of Responsibility (December 2008)
The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) is the oldest and largest of the unified commands. Here is a map of the PACOM Area of Responsibility:
Download a map of U.S. Military installations in Iraq.
US Security and Military Documents
- NEW Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense (January 2012) The defense strategy reflects cuts in the military budget and the shift towards special forces and drone warfare as well as a pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.
- NEW Naval Operations Concept 2010 (May 2010) This is a new strategy document approved by President Obama. For more on the NOC 2010 go here. This has sparked strong reactions by Chinese leaders accusing the U.S. of “pretences to ‘manifest destiny’ and world hegemony.”
- NEW – National Security Strategy(May 2010)
- NEW – Quadrennial Defense Review 2010 (February 2010)
- U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide, Part 1 and Part 2. (January 2009)
- Nuclear Posture Review (April 2010)
- Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Project for a New American Century (September 2000) This is an early Neoconservative blueprint for “Pax Americana” and the invasion of Iraq.
- Quadrennial Defense Review 2001 (September 30, 2001)
- National Security Strategy of the United States (September 17, 2002)
- National Military Strategy of the United States (2004)
- Strengthening U.S. Global Defense Posture (September 2004)
- National Defense Strategy of the United States (March 2005)
- Overseas Basing Commission Report (May 2005)
- Quadrennial Defense Review 2006 (February 2006)
- Pacific Command Strategy (November 14, 2008)
- Known Unknowns: Unconventional “Strategic Shocks” in Defense Strategy Development, Nathan Freier, Army Strategic Studies Institute (November 2008)
- Department of Defense Base Structure Report Fiscal Year 2008 Baseline (2008)
- U.S. National Space Policy (2006)
- A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (Maritime Strategy) (October 2007) Here’s a choice excerpt: “Mass communications will highlight the drama of human suffering, and disadvantaged populations will be ever more painfully aware and less tolerant of their conditions. Extremist ideologies will become increasingly attractive to those in despair and bereft of opportunity. Criminal elements will also exploit this social instability.”
- The History of the Unified Command Plan 1946 – 1993 (February 1995), Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington DC Joint History Office. “The History of the Unified Command Plan, 1946-1993, covers the formulation of the plan, modifications, and periodic revisions. This volume is a compilation of three separate histories which were originally classified. The section describing the development of the Unified Command Plan between 1946 and 1977 was written by Dr. Robert J. Watson, Mr. James F. Schnabel, and Mr. Willard J. Webb and first published in declassified form in the late 1980s. The section covering the period from 1977 to 1983 was written by Dr. Ronald H. Cole and published in a classified version in 1985. The section covering 1983 through 1993 and the overview were completed by Dr. Walter S. Poole in 1994 and appear for the first time. Ms. Penny Norman and Ms. Helga Echols typed the manuscript, and Ms. Norman prepared the volume for publication. This volume was reviewed for declassification by the appropriate US government departments and agencies and cleared for release. Although the text has been declassified, some of the cited sources remain classified. This volume is an official publication of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Chairman or of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”