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Putting the "O" in Joint DOTMLPF: Organizational Capabilities for Joint Task Force Command and Control

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Across the defense establishment joint transformation is beginning to take hold though unevenly. Sweeping changes concerning joint doctrine training leader development acquisition, and facilities have taken effect under joint purview and direction through the incremental implementation of the Joint Concepts Integration and Development System JCIDS. But, despite advances in jointness at tactical levels, the US joint force still lacks practical capabilities for Joint Task Force JTF command and control C2 in unanticipated operational crises. This is true largely because the development and acquisition of military organizations necessary for effective JTF C2 remain the purview of individual services. Of the various areas of defense department transformation, organizations - or the O in Joint DOTMLPF - remains beyond the effective grasp of the collective joint force. Experience tells us that Regional Combatant Commanders CCDRs need a set of joint force C2 capabilities that are adaptable, scalable and sufficient to command across the multiple domains of the contemporary and future operating environments. Only with such implements can CCDRs truly unify action as will be necessary under the conditions advertised by the joint forces future Joint Operating Concepts JOCs. Transformations demands as well as recent combat experience reiterate an urgent operational need for JC2 capabilities that can stand without hobbling CCDRs or the service force providers when sustained over time. This research examines the requirement for JTF C2 capabilities and reviews the nominative capabilities aimed at mitigating future deficits in this critical capability. It further analyzes and compares the joint forces preeminent JTF C2 concepts and capabilities, making conclusions about their potential contribution to a joint solution set. Finally, this research recommends the co-development of a modular JC2 organization designed for use in the context of JTF command.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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