Unity of Effort: How Can the JFMCC Best Support the JFACC in Integrated Air and Missile Defense
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Command and control at the operational level must be focused on developing the means and methods to effectively counter the enemy in multiple dimensions simultaneously while integrating with other joint and coalition forces and agencies. The five basic principles for planning airspace control provide the JFMCC with a framework from which a successful supporting role in the IAMD mission may be executed. First, interoperability issues, though not necessarily solvable, should be considered and compensation made at the operational level. Next, in the consideration of mass and timing, effort should be made by the operational commander to maintain focus on higher level planning and avoid descending into tactical execution. Unity of effort, the ultimate goal of joint operations, can best be achieved when commanders take the time to develop personal relationships to facilitate trust and cooperation at all echelons of command. Integrated planning cycles are necessary for successful mission execution the Navys MHQ with MOC concept provides the maritime operational commander with the tools needed for effective joint integration leading to overall unity of effort. Finally, the operational commander must be prepared to continue successful mission execution when conditions in the combat environment degrade. In sum, the five basic principles of planning airspace control interoperability, mass and timing, unity of effort, integrated planning cycles, and degraded operations each contain concepts that, when regarded as a whole, offer a sound basis for joint IAMD operations.
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