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Definition/Scope: (FM 6-0) A unit's or subunit's headquarters where the commander and the staff perform their activities. [Note: the Army definition ends here.] In combat, a unit's or subunit's headquarters is often divided into echelons; the echelon in which the unit or subunit commander is located or from which such commander operates is called a command post. CPs are facilities for exercising C2. Commanders organize them flexibly to meet changing situations and requirements of different operations. They help commanders control operations through continuity, planning, coordinating, and synchronizing the BOSs. CPs process and disseminate COP- related and execution information. COP-related information supports commanders' and staffs' situational understanding. Execution information directs actions by subordinate and supporting units. Effective CPs enable commanders to make decisions faster than the enemy. Effective INFOSYS quickly communicate those decisions to subordinates, allowing the force to rapidly execute them and develop a faster tempo than the enemy. OLD VERSION The principal facility employed by the commander to control combat operations. A command post consists of those coordinating and special staff activities and representatives from supporting Army elements and other services that may be necessary to carry out operations. Corps and division headquarters are particularly adaptable to organization by echelon into a tactical command post, a main command post, and a rear command post.

Used For:

tactical operations center



Broader Terms:

command center

Narrower Terms:

alternate command post
assault command post
combat train command post
Command Post of the Future
field train command post
fire control command post
Fire Direction Center
Joint Network Node
main command post
operations officer
platoon command post
rear command post
standardized integrated command post
tactical command post

Related Terms:

assault command post
base defense operations center
command group
Emergency Operations Center
tactical operations center

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