Organizing for Interagency Success at the Regional Level
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The challenge of effective interagency cooperation at the operational level is one that must be overcome as the United States adapts to new and different threats in the 21st Century. Current difficulties in Iraq, and in other operations in the recent past highlight inadequacies in the current national security system. This paper proposes one part of a solution to the interagency problem in the form of a restructuring of the United States national security organization at the regional level. Drawing on current and proposed improvements to the current system, and focusing on the role of the combatant commander, it outlines the organization of the proposed Regional Interagency Teams RIAT, led by senior civilian executives who are imbued with the authority and organizational flexibility to task-organize and direct all the instruments of national power in their region including military to support national strategic objectives. It outlines the need for such a change, and explores some of the parallel changes that must take place in government in order to enable its implementation. Finally, it addresses several potential counterarguments, addressing each in turn.
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