Combatant Command Interagency Directorate Symposium (CSL Issue Paper, Volume 8-10, October 2010)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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As a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York Citys World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation of interagency coordination cells within the Combatant Commands.2 Known as the Joint Interagency Working Group-Counterterrorism JIACG-CT it was visualized as being the vehicle by which the Combatant Commander CCDR would integrate the interagency into the Theater planning process. As with the evolution of living organisms, after nine years each JIACGs development was directly impacted by its environment. Among the Combatant Commands not even the name remains the same. The Army War College took advantage of the opportunity to see the many faces of interagency coordination from August 31 - September 1, 2010 when the Center for Strategic Leadership, at the request of the U.S. European Command USEUCOM EC-J9, hosted the Combatant Command Interagency Directorate Symposium IDS. Two years in the offing, the Combatant Command IDS brought together for the first time the CCDRs Senior Executive Service SESSenior Foreign Service SFS-level civilian interagency coordinators in one room for a free flowing exchange of ideas and lessons learned. The Directors from the six Geographical Combatant Commands GCCs, U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM, U.S Joint Forces Command USJFCOM and the U.S. Transportation Command USTRANSCOM were at the table. In addition, representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD, the Joint Staff, and the Department of Homeland Security were in attendance.
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