JTF-CSAR - A More Effective Organization for the Joint Forces Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The rescue of U.S. military personnel trapped behind enemy lines is critical for morale, protection of assets, operational security, and domestic support for combat. This paper demonstrates the following in order to improve the effective and efficient use of combat search and rescue CSAR forces, Joint Forces Commanders JFC need to reorganize their staffs by replacing the Joint Search and Rescue Center JSRC with a Joint Task Force-Combat Search and Rescue JTF-CSAR that reports directly to the JFC. This will allow better integration of services, more timely execution of missions, and the elimination of parochialism. The fact that each military service as well as Special Operations Command SOCOM provides robust, yet redundant CSAR capabilities to the JFC has created unique problems. Fortunately, CSAR tactics are common throughout the U.S. military, which leaves the ability to operate jointly as the only serious weakness. By replacing the JSRC with a JTF-CSAR, more of a balanced operational and tactical focus will be achieved. The placement of the CSAR function directly under the JFC will lead to better integration of individual service strengths, resulting in improved unity of command and effort. As well, this JTF-CSAR will be the one-stop-shopping for CSAR, and will be integral to all combat missions. This will result in more expeditious execution of CSAR missions, and will correct the doctrinal disconnect that requires the services to try themselves before asking for help. Finally, a JTF-CSAR will posses significantly improved granularity regarding the CSAR capabilities in theater, and will help to prevent confusion created by the vagaries of current joint doctrine. 23 refs.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Escape, Rescue and Survival