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Reimagined: How the U.S. Defense Department Responds to Triggers and Organizes to Balance against Threats
by Roman, Javier Alexsandro, M.A., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2019, 100; 13881251
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explains why the United States Department of Defense (DoD) reacts to trigger events with an organizational response and why those organizations are sustained after the event has dissipated. The argument is that restructuring occurs as a result of a trigger event and that the new organization is maintained to balance against future threats. The thesis examines four cases: the US Air Force (USAF), US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM). USAF, SOCOM, and NORTHCOM serve to analyze and explain the phenomena historically. CYBERCOM is a modern-day case study that illustrates why the phenomena continues. It concludes that the US is ultimately ill-equipped to handle emergent domains/threats of warfare resulting in calamity, but it creates and maintains new organizations postured to dominate the new domain/threat.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: thayer, Bradley
Commitee: Brogdon, Matthew S., Hofferberth, Matthias
School: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department: Political Science & Geography
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Political science, Military studies
Keywords: Defense, Emergent, Failure, Policy, Warfare
Publication Number: 13881251
ISBN: 978-1-392-18146-1
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