Insights and Best Practices Focus Paper: JTF C2 and Organizations   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This paper discusses insights and best practices related to organizing a JTF [Joint Task Force] and determining command relationships to best accomplish the mission through coherent integration of capabilities. […] JTFs provide the means to closely integrate forces in the mission area. CCDRs [Combatant Commander] often establish a JTF to focus on an emergent complex mission set. This provides freedom of action for the CCDR to continue AOR [Area of Responsibility]-wide focus and shaping while also supporting the JTF. JTFs plan and operate as one team with their joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners. Each depends on the other to succeed in today's complex security environment. This is de facto interdependence: the dependence on access (versus ownership) to each other's capabilities to succeed in assigned tasks. This interdependence is a quantum mindset change from a vertical orientation - receiving and accomplishing tasks directed by the higher commander - to working more closely with horizontal Joint and Service partners, and other US agency and multinational partners."

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