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Former commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Anthony Zinni, once took a call from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs while riding a camel. (Mst. Sgt Mark Cormier)
At a Glance
 Four Corners of American Power View more details about the command regions.
Live Online
live online Dana Priest was live online discussing her Post series on regional commanders-in-chief.
On the Web
 U.S.European Command
 U.S.Pacific Command
 U.S.Southern Command
 U.S.Central Command
Part I
U.S. 'Proconsuls' Assert More Power 
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States's regional military commanders have evolved into the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire's proconsuls  well-funded, semi-autonomous, unconventional centers of American foreign policy.

An Engagement In 10 Time Zones
In Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Gen. Anthony C. Zinni of the Pentagon's Central Command took on tasks of building government to government relationships that had been previously handled by civilians.

Part III
CINCs Not in Swim
In Indonesia, Adm. Dennis Blair's efforts to mend ties with the armed forces, over Congress's objections, reflect the recurrent clash between civilian and military leaders.

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