Reorganizing Geographic Combatant Command Headquarters for Joint Force 2020
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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As the United States strategic defense priorities change, our Geographic Combatant Command Headquarters GCCM HQ must evolve to address these and other issues. The Geographic Combatant Command Headquarters staffs must holistically reorganize to meet the strategic needs of the 21st Century Joint Force. This study provides an academic and historical review of organization theory and constructs that culminates in recommendations for all six GCCM HQs 1 realize staff efficiencies through organizational constructs that provide greater flexibility, 2 include relevant interagency and multinational participation in GCCM efforts, and 3 establish standardized staff positions that provide seamless synchronization of global efforts. Two case studies provide insights into how organizational structures evolve due to leadership changes, environmental dynamics, and strategic shifts. The case studies involve the General Electric Company and the International Security Assistance Force ISAF in Afghanistan. Keys to the recommended structure are Geographic Combatant Commander GCC span-of-control, structural hierarchy, environmental impacts on operations, the inclusion of interagency and multinational efforts within the staff, and the various national and Combatant Command COCOM strategic interests.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems