Joint Forces Command - Operation United Assistance Case Study: Lessons and Best Practices
Center for Army Lessons Learned Fort Leavenworth United States
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The Department of the Army chose the Southern European Task Force to become the Army component headquarters for U.S. Africa Command USAFRICOM in December 2008. Subsequently, U.S. Army Africa USARAF was designated as the Army Service component command ASCC for USAFRICOM in January 2012. The USAFRICOM commander directed USARAF to focus on four major tasks Supporting ongoing operations Fulfilling Title 10, U.S. Code, responsibilities Executing theater security cooperation missions Deploying joint task force-capable headquarters USARAF, without assigned forces and the typical theater enablers, was presented a challenge in accomplishing its diverse missions. From its inception, USARAF has been dependent on other organizations, regionally aligned forces RAF, and the global force management process to accomplish its mission. Operation United Assistance OUA provided a good laboratory in which to study the present theater army concept and to consider where it needs adjusting or modification in the future.