Joint Fires Coordination: Service Competencies and Boundary Challenges
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The boundaries between close and deep battlespace will vary among combatant commands in typical theaters of operations. The point at which deep and close battlespace meet rates attention from planners because it challenges joint force commanders JFCs who must conduct tactical and operational fires and maneuvers as well as joint fire support. One cause for this consideration is the umbrella under which joint fires are placed, where cross-boundary coordination is critical for synchronized actions that create economy of force, unity of effort, and integrated joint operations. Joint doctrine does not sufficiently address intra-theater, cross-boundary joint fires coordination. The answer lies in modifying doctrine. This proposal can be examined in joint publications, joint universal lessons learned JULL archives, combined forces command, and combatant command boundary relationships and sources. The problem transcends service interests. More importantly, lives depend on adequate joint fires coordination. A review of the differences between terms of art and service perspectives on battlespace reveals the implications of this issue for commanders and suggests some solutions.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics