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Newsletter 11-02
November 2010

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This newsletter focuses on a comprehensive approach to integrated civilian-military command and control (C2) and staff integration in complex operations. Interagency operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and several other locations have revealed the requirement to address complex conflicts requiring a high level of civilian-military integrated coordination. Civilian-military integrated staffs and C2 architectures provide the frameworks to design, develop, and build C2 systems capable of greatly increasing the effectiveness of complex operations.

The articles included in this newsletter illustrate a number of important initiatives designed to build the capacities to respond to complex operations. The integrated approach seeks to make order out of the diverse inter-institutional relationships that develop and also seeks to capitalize on the clear opportunities provided by collaboration. The need to develop a comprehensive approach by working together with other agencies will be fundamental in promoting unity of effort.

New initiatives such as the "special skills initiative" and a management tool such as the "tactical conflict assessment planning framework" are a few of the concepts and programs that have been identified. Continuous development and implementation of initiatives such as these will contribute to a coherent response to complex conflicts.

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