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Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the supreme commander of all Allied armed forces in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in November of 1942 . Unity of command was the basis for command of Allied operations for the remainder of World War 11. However, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) did not approve the doctrine of unified command until April 1943 . 36 11 AIRLAND COMBAT Within this unified framework, the command structure used during World War II was as follows : the combined armies and navies engaged in theater operations, and the Royal Air Force and US Army Air Forces units were under a single commander.

99 The Army and Air Force supported a single manager for air for all tactical air in Vietnam . IOO The Navy and Marine Corps objected. The issue was debated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early 1968 . On 15 May 1968 the deputy secretary of defense decided in favor of the Army and the Air Force. US Air Force and US Marine Corps air assets in South Vietnam came under the direct control of the air deputy, MACV . IO1 The debate was not ended, but the creation of a single manager for the air war in South Vietnam 102 did function as proposed until the end of the Vietnam War.

1965, Admiral Sharp controlled that too . . My task would have been easy had I headed a "Southeast Asia Command" (unified command) . Creating a unified command for all of Southeast Asia would have gone a long way toward mitigating the unprecedented centralization of authority in Washington . . Instead of five "commanders "-CINCPAC, COMUSMACV, and the American ambassadors to Thailand, Laos, and South Vietnam-there would have been one man directly answerable to the President on everything .

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