College of Liberal and Fine Arts



Saturday, September 21, 2019
8:00am – 5:30pm

UTSA Student Union- Retama Room

*This event is FREE to students, but you MUST register in advance on the website.*


This year’s Symposium will focus on Operational Command and Control in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  It will be held on 21 September 2019 from 9am to 5pm at the University of Texas San Antonio’s (UTSA) Main Campus Student Union, Retama Auditorium, and is hosted by the UTSA History Department. 

Tickets are $60 for Admiral Nimitz Foundation Members and $70 for non-members.  Members need to log-in to the website in order to register at the discounted price. A fully catered lunch on the UTSA campus is included in the cost of your ticket.

 A closing reception in the Student Union Denman Ballroom will immediately follow the conclusion of the symposium. Refreshments will be served and is also included in your registration. Come meet the days’ speakers to get all your questions answered and learn even more from your fellow attendees.

Operational command and control is the authority to perform those functions of command over subordinate forces involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction necessary to accomplish the mission.  This is unique from policy direction of prosecuting the war which originates from the capital cities of the belligerents.  After a general policy has been established, it then falls to a system whereby war objectives are fashioned to a chain of command connected to the resources necessary for war.  This system is typically in place in theater, but not exclusively. Variables such as individual personalities and personal relationships potentially influence each commander’s decision to instruct and direct subordinate behavior. Other factors such as culture, military custom, training and education, and national philosophical orientation can also potentially play a role.

In our 2019 Symposium, we will examine with acute focus the methods and styles chosen by four command and control centers in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War.  Particular attention will be given to the three individuals whose presence in their command and control structure was most profound: General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz and Lord Mountbatten. In the case of Japan, the focus is mostly on the system of command and control rather than through an individual. [Source]



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