Toward Improved Coalition Interoperability - A Coalition Environmental Approach in the International Strategic Arena
NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC SURFACE ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS PROGRAM OFFICE
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In the years since the end of the cold war, the Department of Defense, with the military services, has seen a significant increase in taskings for complex-contingency operations CCOs. The framework for CCO response is found in Presidential Decision Directive-56 PDD-56, Managing Complex Contingency Operations, and paralleled in the Federal Response Plan FRP of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. Traditionally, the response to CCOs has been remedial, i.e., response to the symptoms. However, if root causes could be attacked ahead of time, CCOs might be prevented from occurring. Another facilitating framework for solutions is available. Recent efforts address many command and control aspects of the Revolution in Military Affairs in the building blocks of technology and doctrine. Another critical block is organization factors. The authors specifically address the extension of a collaborative framework, modeled on the Coastal America Partnership. This framework could be applied on an inter-agency and international basis to support the FEMAs Federal Response Plan implementation, DOD and inter-agency CCO responsiveness, innovative application of technical developments, and allied and coalition interoperability. The follow-up result could be reduced taskings for CCOs by pro-active collaborative mitigation of societal needs and roots causes, and ultimately improved readiness and coalition interoperability due to sustained resource availability.
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