Definition/Scope: The Unified Command Plan establishes combatant commanders' missions and geographic responsibilities. Combatant commanders directly link operational military forces to the Secretary of Defense and the President. The Secretary of Defense deploys troops and exercises military power through the combatant commands. Six combatant commands have areas of responsibility. They are the geographic combatant commands. Each geographic combatant command has (or will have) an assigned ASCC. For doctrinal purposes, these commands become “theater armies” to distinguish them from the similar organizations assigned to functional component commands.
Use:Geographic Combatant Commands
Used For:US Special Operations Command
Broader Terms:unified commands
Narrower Terms:7th Army Training Command