Advisors role advisors also play an important role in

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Advisor's Role -Advisors also play an important role in operations. The key difference in the use of LNOs vs. advisors is that in all likelihood advisors are not authorized to speak for a particular agency. An advisor's role is to provide their personal advice based on their professional expertise and experience. For example, a Political Advisor, or POLAD, is an advisor to the commander to broaden the commander's understanding and perspectives on diplomatic and political issues at the theater strategic level and above. The POLAD is not a representative for the State Department; however, his or her contacts within the Foreign Service community can often be very valuable to the command. Best Practices in Advisor Use- Best practices in the use of your advisors are similar to those used with your LNOs in terms of their role, support, and guidance. Clarify your advisors' authority to speak on behalf of an agency or organization. Clarify their relationship with any liaison or other element from the respective agency or organization and within the joint force command. Keep in mind advisors can also have limitations: Recognize their limitations; you're only receiving their personal viewpoint based on their experiences and information. Advisors may come with caveats and restrictions from their parent organization. SecDef Embraces C5 Thinking- Embracing a "C5" mindset, emphasizing command, control, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination, helps facilitate unity of effort. The term "C5" is much more appropriate to a unity of effort setting than is the term "command and control." As former Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates stated, "...to meet the myriad challenges around the world...this country must...create the capability to integrate and apply all of the elements of national power to problems and challenges abroad." Where military authority stops, cooperation, collaborate, and coordination must begin. Overwhelming a Liaison Element- LNOs consistently demonstrate their value in joint operations. However, the large amount of detailed coordination with the agencies and other external stakeholders necessary for unity of effort can easily overwhelm a one-deep LNO or
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small liaison element. The appropriate staff resources need to be applied to meet the demands of coordinating assessments, planning, and execution. General Organizations Formed- To meet these requirements, commands and other organizations have implemented some form of the following organizations: coordination elements, coordination centers, coordination groups, executive steering groups, and/or interagency task forces. There is a need to populate appropriate staff elements in the headquarters, with the right expertise, to provide monitoring, assessment, planning, and execution of interorganizational coordination. Click each button to learn more.
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Formation of HACC in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE- A recent example of a coordination center is from Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE. The United States Southern Command established Joint Task Force, or JTF Haiti to coordinate U.S. defense efforts
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  • Fall '18
  • Commander, task force, Unified Combatant Command, LNOs

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