Accession Number : ADA546365

Title :   Security Cooperation: A New Functional Combatant Command

Descriptive Note : Research paper

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Walsh, Randal M.

PDF Url : ADA546365

Report Date : 04 MAY 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Over the past decade the United States has conducted Counterinsurgency Operations (COIN) in two major theaters and has participated in Security Cooperation (SC) operations worldwide to build partner capacity and defeat insurgents and terrorist networks. Successful COIN and SC operations hinge on the ability to fully integrate joint military and interagency capabilities to achieve strategic objectives. Recent operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and elsewhere show that when SC operations are synchronized with military and interagency elements of national power, they can have a positive impact on security and stability. The current emphasis on SC at the strategic and operational levels reflects its significance; however, there is no DoD command responsible for integrated SC joint doctrine, training, interagency coordination, and worldwide force employment. Considering the importance of integrated SC operations and its relevance to the current global security environment, a new SC functional combatant command should be created that synchronizes joint, interagency resources and incorporates lessons learned in the past decade of SC and capacity building operations. To make the case for a new functional combatant command that focuses on SC, this paper initially provides a description of PRTs in Iraq and Afghanistan as an example of SC operations that integrate military and civilian capabilities. Next, it examines SC and COIN operations in the Philippines conducted by SOF. A review of the National Security Strategy and other U.S. Government policy documents shows that a new combatant command responsible for SC is relevant today. The paper also illustrates how a SC command would serve to compliment the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Lastly, the paper addresses recommendations and lessons learned that should be incorporated into a new SC functional combatant command.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *COOPERATION, *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *SECURITY, *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, PHILIPPINES, IRAQI WAR, AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT, POLICIES, COUNTERINSURGENCY, STABILITY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE