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
Related Terms:assault command post