Tumbling 'Component Walls' in Contingency Operations: A Trumpet's Blare for Sanding Joint Task Force Headquarters
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The principle aim of this study is to determine if further unification of service components below the combatant CINC level is required. More specifically, do the combatant CINCs require a standing joint task force JTF headquarters to provide operationally effective and efficient command and control during contingency operations where force entry or other immediate commitment to combat action is required In answer to the research question, this study first presents a brief analysis of some recent significant changes in the worlds strategic landscape which are dramatically increasing the importance of the ability of U.S. military forces to respond to regional contingencies. Secondly, the study highlights the nature of contingency operations by describing the characteristics of contingency operations, the characteristics required of contingency force and the demands these two combined place on a contingency force headquarters. Next, utilizing precepts from organization and decision-making theory, this study establishes suitable criteria which support evaluation of functional performance by a military organization at the operational level of war.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems