Accession Number:

ADA503074

Title:

Operational Command and Control Considerations for Detainee Operations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-04

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Failures by U.S. forces to properly care for their prisoners have complicated ongoing operations, tarnished the image of joint force commanders JFCs and gravely damaged the nations reputation. Unfortunately, current joint doctrine for the C2 of detainee operations is too narrowly focused and fails to provide JFCs with adequate guidance. This study examines four C2 tenets in the context of three historical case studies to illustrate shortcomings in the operational C2 of detention operations and how they can compromise the commanders mission. The author recommends that JFCs consider establishing a C2 structure for detainee operations that is flexible, visually simplistic and thoroughly understood selecting a Commander, Detainee Operations based on qualities beyond experience and rank using friendly forces information requirements to support planning and to remain ahead of potential problems and employing information operations and public affairs to protect the joint forces mission and the nations reputation.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE