Geographic combatant command or joint force commander

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geographic combatant command or Joint Force Commander, or JFC, LNO at the host nation embassy. Roll over each image to learn more about these major elements of organization. Chief of Mission
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SDO USDAO and SAO
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Geographic combatant command Joint Force Command LNO at embassy
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Supported or Supporting Command Relationships -Additionally, USG agencies, including DoD, may sometimes be placed in some form of supported or supporting relationships with IGOs, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, or the UN. Command relationships with IGOs will depend on the situation and the governing treaty or agreement that established the IGO. However, in some operations, USG agencies' relationships with IGOs are neither supported nor supporting. In these cases, cooperation is voluntary and based upon national guidance, common interest, mutually compatible goals, and good will. Incorporate Capabilities- When working within a coalition or IGO structure it is important that the JFC understand other nations' prerogatives, operational caveats, limitations, and relationships. Coalition and multinational partners can bring significant capabilities. Commanders and staffs must understand how to most effectively incorporate these capabilities. Working with the support of an IGO, such as operating under a UN mandate, can provide important political legitimacy. However, IGOs may have different institutional agencies and positions than the U.S., even if the U.S. is a member of that IGO. Host Nation Consideration -Foreign operations also, by definition, require consideration of host nation concerns and perspectives. Unless in a state of war or conflict, U.S. forces operate in foreign countries at the invitation of the host nation. Even in non-permissive environments consideration of the civilian population's perspective is essential. The United States must demonstrate its understanding and respect for the sovereignty of all nations. Foreign Operations Best Practices- Remember these best practices when engaging in foreign operations: Develop strong personal relationships with key external organizational leadership to promote unity of effort and overcome organizational and cultural differences Upon activation of a JTF, clarify the JTF Commander's authority with respect to that of the geographic combatant command relative to interaction with the affected COM. Additionally, clarify the JTF role with the SDO in terms of speaking with one voice to the COM and the Country Team Sending LNOs to an Embassy is a negotiated process; it's not automatic. Be proactive in working this Recognize and respect the limitations that embassies and agencies may have to conduct staff action and handle large amounts of information. Channel most communications through your LNO (and the SDO) team Incorporate and enable LNOs from host nation, coalition, and multinational partners to ensure understanding and consideration of national and IGO limitations, capabilities. and caveats Interdependence
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  • Fall '18
  • Commander, task force, Unified Combatant Command, LNOs

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