Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

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The new UCP language states that the Commander, USSOCOM is responsible for synchronizing the planning of DoD CWMD efforts in support of other combatant commands, Departmental priorities, and as directed other U.S. Government (USG) agencies in support of the DoD CWMD strategy. Pursuant to the President's approval, the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) transferred DoD WMD Synchronization Authority responsibilities from the Commander USSTRATCOM to the Commander USSOCOM on January 9, 2017. USSOCOM already maintains special operations CWMD-specific roles, responsibilities, and capabilities. Those capabilities are made available for employment by the GCCs as directed by the Sec Def. This new role as DoD's synchronizer for CWMD plans broadens USSOCOM's scope of responsibility, in addition to our continuing SOF-specific CWMD role. As the command grows into its new responsibilities, it will maintain the current efforts established by USSTRATCOM. However, as we move forward, USSOCOM will, on behalf of DoD, publish a new active global campaign plan. The new campaign plan's intent will be to provide a comprehensive, transregional approach that is problem-focused versus regionally-focused -- an approach that not only enhances DoD's efforts but supports all USG activities across the CWMD activity continuum. USSOCOM will ensure department-wide situational awareness of CWMD issues; recommend CWMD priorities for DoD; with Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint staff, facilitate coordination between DOD and our interagency/intelligence community partners; and, with the GCCs, integrate international allies and partners into CWMD planning efforts. Over the years, we've learned a regularly scheduled synchroniza- tion process -- AKA a "battle rhythm" -- allows us to seize the initiative, reinforce success, avert failure, and prepare for contingencies. Our methodology for maintaining an active CWMD global campaign plan is through a transregional synchronization. The semi-annual process contains four phases: execute, assess, evaluate & recommend, and decide. The process starts with the Geographic Combatant Commands. They implement DoD's CWMD global campaign plan. The GCCs are responsible for developing "problem focused" plans, managing intel- ligence requirements, executing operations, and assessing them. Using the GCCs' assessments, USSOCOM will formulate an overall assessment that provides recommendations to shape priorities, enhance activities, inform policy, and allocate resources to further campaign objectives. Our process runs in parallel with other USG and partner nation CWMD efforts. We see interagency, intelligence community, and partner nation participation as essential. Assuming this new role will involve some temporary risk; the transfer of funding and manpower, hiring of new personnel, and building a net- work of partners takes time. However, since we are building on the solid foundation provided by USSTRATCOM, as well at leveraging our func- tional and historical global SOF network, we are confident in our ability to get after this transregional threat quickly and effectively. A&M: From Joint SOF and SOF partnering perspectives, can you discuss ways USSOCOM is supporting a greater focus on interoperability within U.S. and allied-led operations? COMMANDER'S CORNER www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017 | 11

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