Achieving Cross-Domain Synergy: Overcoming Service Barriers to Joint Force 2020
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In September of 2012, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff released A Capstone Concept for Joint Operations Joint Force 2020 CCJO which lays out a concept of Globally Integrated Operations that relies heavily on the individual services to embrace Joint integration and collaboration despite clear cultural barriers that may make such cooperation difficult. The purpose of this thesis was to identify the primary service barriers to Joint integration and find solutions to overcome them. This study has determined that each of the services have developed their own unique cultures that have influenced their approach to Joint concepts. Through case studies it was revealed that these unique approaches can become friction points and even develop as barriers to change and Joint integration. The primary service barriers to the CCJO were identified as 1 Threat to Service Mission, 2 Threat to Service Identity and Independence, 3 Threat to Service Budget, and 4 Institutional Inertia. In finding solutions to overcome these barriers, it was discovered that a corporate solution such as the cultural analysis performed during mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures may be necessary to mitigate individual service resistance to implementing the Joint Force 2020 concept.
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