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Accession Number ADA562346
Title Applying the Combatant Command Construct to the DHS Command Structure.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 87p
Personal Author J. R. Morris
Abstract An analysis of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) current command structure reveals that it is in a state of dysfunction when it comes to providing a unified effort in securing the homeland. This dysfunction has several causes, but the most glaring causes are the manner in which DHS was stood up and the disjointed command system that is currently being used to unify the efforts of all of its agencies. The Department of Defense (DoD) had similar issues prior to 1986. Prior to this date, DoD lacked true unity of command and unity of effort in its mission of providing for the defense of the nation. After passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense reorganization Act of 1986, DoD implemented the Combatant Command (COCOM) structure which provided a single position, with the proper authority to command all military assets under its command, that could be geographically or functionally focused to carry out the duties assigned to it. These two seemingly unrelated topics, DHS's command structure problems and the DoD's COCOM, are revealed to be remarkably similar. The latter is an excellent construct for the former to follow in that it is a proven system which addresses DHS's command structure issues.
Keywords Advantages
Combatant command structure
Command and control systems
Department of defense
Department of homeland security
Federal law
Goldwater-nichols act
Homeland security
Interagency coordination
Joint military activities
Military forces(United states)
Organizational change
Organizational realignment
Organizational structure
United states government
Unity of command
Unity of effort

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92 - Behavior & Society
74 - Military Sciences
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Norfolk, VA. Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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