The Roles, Missions, and Relationships of Pacific Command Headquarters

NAPSNet Special Report

Recommended Citation

"The Roles, Missions, and Relationships of Pacific Command Headquarters", NAPSNet FOIA Document Special Reports, August 28, 2012,

Author/Editor: Comptroller General
Publisher/Sponsor: Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives
Report Date: August 18, 1980
Classification:  Unclassified

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This 1980 report, prepared by the Comptroller General, reviews the roles of the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, and his unified command structure. This report provides 1) detailed information on the unified command’s missions, specific tasks, and functions, 2) the number and grade of personnel assigned throughout the command, 3) the cost to maintain the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, and 4) an assessment of the Commander-in-Chief’s, Pacific, role in training and other areas.

The report states, “since the establishment of the unified command structure in 1947, the role of the unified commands has changed considerably-in the Pacific from that of primary responsibility for prosecuting a war to one of providing “support and coordination,” a vague term not formally defined by DOD…Until the support and coordination roles of the Pacific unified command are clearly defined and the functions that PACOM can and should perform during a crisis/wartime situation are identified, it is difficult, if not impossible, to ensure that 1) the command is properly sized and 2) functions are being done at appropriate locations within the chain of command.”

This report was released to the Nautilus Institute under the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).