The Case For Steady State Operations

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Most military members agree that being a leader means being “in charge” regardless of the situation. While this axiom may hold true during the joint operation phases of “Seize the Initiative” or “Dominate”, it is not the case for steady state operations with the IA. This axiom has become a caricature of the DoD mindset in the minds of many civilian leaders. If military service members are to become more effective with IA coordination, they must understand and appreciate three dynamics to steady state operations. First, the value that our partners bring to the fight . Second, that in the steady state, DoD is not the lead agency. Third, with the overabundant emphasis of the topic in joint doctrine, most leaders
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A few typical underlying differences are based on their authorities, objectives, and decision making techniques. These differences account for their operating styles of collaboration, cooperation, and/or coordination; styles that some DoD members have a difficulty in comprehending.
The DoD’s most frequent steady state partner is the DoS. Furthermore, the Chief of Mission (COM) will have final say over almost every DoD operation, activity or action. Below the national level, understanding the role of the COM and the DoS Regional Bureau will facilitate understanding interaction between the diplomatic corps and the military.
The President of the United States (POTUS) issues a Letter of Instruction (LOI) to U.S. COMs that outlines the intent for in-country coordination. The COM is identified as the focal point for coordinating executive branch activities within their country of responsibility. POTUS uses the LOI to set the tone for the entire executive branch, as seen in the following declaration: “These instructions have been shared with relevant departments and agencies, and I have directed that they give you their full cooperation.” For the DoS, this means there is a synchronization responsibility to achieve a unity of effort at the country-level. The DoD has to obtain permission to conduct steady state operations, because n the end, all USG activity is coordinated through the
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