PART C- SUMMARY
A joint operation is one carried on by two or more of the services.
The primary emphasis in command relations is to keep the chain of command short and
simple. C systems should be reliable, survivable, flexible, interoperable, timely, and secure.
The primary purposes of a unified or specified command are to:
Provide optimum effectiveness of our armed forces in combat operations.
Project US military power.
Support and advance national policies.
The military departments assign forces to the unified and specified commands. The
OPCON of US combat forces is assigned to the unified and specified command. The number of unified
and specified commands may vary from time to time.
A unified command has broad, continuing missions under a single commander,
designated the CINC. It is composed of forces from two or more services
A specified command is a command with broad, continuing missions. It is
generally composed of forces from a single service.
A joint staff is the staff of a commander of a unified command, specified command, or
subordinate joint component. A commander may set up his staff, as needed, to carry out duties and
A combined command is a force under a single commander. The force has sizable
assigned or attached elements of two or more allied nations.
Electronic warfare support.
Interoperability is needed for EW to be an effective combat capability. EW operations
need detailed intelligence support to be implemented efficiently. Joint EW operations need specific
cross-component actions. When properly used, EW can extend a commander's tactical capabilities.