Accession Number:

ADA463287

Title:

Strategic Communication and the Geographic Combatant Commanders: The Current State of Affairs

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-13

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

There is precious little in the way of formal guidance to the geographic combatant commanders CCDRs to manage and ensure synchronization of theater Strategic Communication SC initiatives with larger Department of Defense DoD and U.S. Government efforts. This paper explores the broad requirements to the CCDRs to link theater and national-level SC efforts. It further establishes the dearth of guidance to them on specific themes to emphasize, and how to coordinate themes and messages for emerging issues. Despite these gaps in guidance, CCDRs have continued to practice effective SC within their areas of responsibility fully in concert with larger DoD and USG initiatives. The efforts of some key CCDR staffs to craft organic processes and structures to bridge existing gaps in guidance are further explored. Finally, this effort concludes with an examination of forthcoming DoD and Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS initiatives to formally and permanently overcome current gaps in guidance.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE