Libya's Operation Odyssey Dawn. Command and Control
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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U.S. Africa Command USAFRICOM was established in 2008 as a new kind of geographic combatant command, one focused primarily on stability and engagement operations rather than warfighting. As such, many of its key leadership positions were filled by non Department of Defense DOD personnel, and its civilian manning was proportionately larger than at other commands. Events in Libya from January through April 2011 and the related coalition operation, Operation Odyssey Dawn, provided an opportunity to observe how this new type of command would perform in a crisiscontingency operation. USAFRICOM was required to plan kinetic operations, form a multinational coalition, stand up a multinational joint task force JTF, conduct offensive and defensive maritime and air operations, and transition leadership of the operation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO. The best practices and lessons learned from all phases of USAFRICOM s execution of the operation will be valuable in determining the viability of its unique structure and organization and its applicability to other commands. Additionally, the lessons learned will provide input to changes that may be required to ensure future success.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics