Security Cooperation : A New Functional Combatant Command
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Over the past decade the United States has conducted Counterinsurgency Operations COIN in two major theaters and participated in Security Cooperation SC operations worldwide to build partner capacity and defeat insurgents and terrorist networks. Successful COIN and SC operations hinge on the ability to fully integrate joint military and interagency capabilities to achieve strategic objectives. Recent operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and elsewhere show that when SC operations are synchronized with military and interagency elements of national power, they can have a positive impact on security and stability. The current emphasis on SC at the strategic and operational level reflects its significance however, there is no DOD command responsible for integrated SC joint doctrine, training, interagency coordination, and worldwide force employment. Considering the importance of integrated SC operations and its relevance to the current global security environment, a new SC functional combatant command should be created that synchronizes joint, interagency resources and incorporates lessons learned in the past decade of SC and capacity building operations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare