USSOCOM and USTRANSCOM: Support to Combatant Commanders With Specialized and Unique Assets
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USSOCOM & USTRANSCOM
The objective of this study is to examine how, with the ultimate goal of joint mission being operational effectiveness, that USSOCOM and USTRANSCOM can 'enable' the mission. Also discussed will be the capabilities and limitations of the available service forces, and considering that these forces were not optimized for the assigned mission, explain which additional forces would be requested and why. Also addressed will be the interdependencies among available and requested forces.
It is reported in the work of Womble (nd) that there are efforts underway to "enhance the mobility of U.S. military forces are focused largely on platforms: how many are needed, and how should they be used" however, it is reported that platforms "are only a small part of the answer to the challenge of transforming our military mobility capabilities." (Womble, nd) Womble states that the Department of Defense (DOD) is no longer able to afford the costly transportation infrastructure and it is stated that reengineering might be realized through transformation of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) through utilization of the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as a model. (Womble, nd, paraphrased) USTRANSCOM controls only part of DOD's transportation assets and processes. Womble reports that the USTRANSCOM is the single manager for Defense transportation "with the exceptions of service-unique and theater-assigned assets." (nd ) The DTS is