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Newsletter 11-02
November 2010

Introduction

Command and control (C2) is not just confined to the military organization. The interaction of the interagency functions and military operations may be seen as a complex C2 process. This newsletter introduces the concept that the issue of C2 and civilian-military integration is of vital importance and not about purely military processes and structures. Stabilization and reconstruction operations campaigns have proven immensely complex and complicated.

Several positive steps have been taken to improve the U.S. government's ability to conduct complex operations, but there are many challenges in developing capabilities and measures of effectiveness, integrating the contributions of civilian into military contingency plans, and incorporating lessons learned from past operations into future plans. These challenges, if not addressed, may hinder the U.S. government's ability to fully coordinate and integrate stabilization and reconstruction activities with all agencies or to develop the full range of capabilities those operations may require.

The implementation of whole-of-government policies and procedures with the planning construct and the joint operating concept will contribute to a greater focus on stability operations in developing plans to improve capabilities. Inadequate guidance and practices that inhibit sharing of planning information will reduce the effectiveness of the mission.


 

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