Tracing the Evolution of the Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) in the 90s: What is the Best Model?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph seeks to develop a model for the employment of a civil military operations center based on available doctrine and the experience of the military in recent operations. The frequency of the U.S. military being employed in military operations other than war MOOTW, the explosion of nongovernmental organizations NGOs, private voluntary organizations PVOs, and international organizations IOs and the doctrinal principle of unity of effort make the CMOC a central element in the way in which we conduct operations. Harnessing the efforts of NGOs can be thought of as a force multiplier in that it accommodates organic shortfalls in the military or force caps of deployed forces and creates a synergistic effect of the total resources available in theater. These factors become more and more critical as military commitments to MOOTW continue to increase. The monograph begins with a discussion of the culture of humanitarian organizations. The paper then evaluates doctrine pertinent to the CMOC. Following the doctrinal review, three recent operations are examined Operation Restore Hope, Somalia Operation Support Hope, Rwanda, and Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti. The study then develops a model CMOC based on the previously presented information. The monograph concludes that common elements of doctrine, and each of the three operations can produce a model CMOC which can be helpful in writing more detailed doctrine on the subject.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics