Strategic command selling itself to field commanders.
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Omaha (ō`məhä, –hô), city (1990 pop. 335,795), seat of Douglas co., E Nebr., on the west bank of the Missouri River; inc. 1857. , NEB. -- The lives of officers at U.S. Strategic Command sound remarkably similar to those of traveling salesmen.
"We engage the combatant commanders," said Army Col. Christopher Fulton, chief of staff for global strike integration. "We travel to them. We visit them. We try to make them smarter about what Stratcom brings."
Five years after Stratcom began its reorganization, Fulton said the command has only been "partially successful" in selling itself to the other services and joint commands.
"There is a level of education out there that is very low on what the new Stratcom mission set has," he said.
For commanders in the field, "it's about turf," he said.
Stratcom reinvented itself under its former commander, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, and took eight missions into its fold. Some of the eight components are more established in the defense community than others. Five have been designated joint functional component commands (JFCCs).
The eight missions are: global strike and integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance may refer to:
Cartwright, who recently was named as vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff The position of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was created by the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. The Vice Chairman is a four-star general or admiral and by law the second highest ranking member of the U.S. Armed Forces (after the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff). , envisioned a command that provides services to field commanders. When they need space-based sensors trained on an area of operations An operational area defined by the joint force commander for land and naval forces. Areas of operation do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the joint force commander, but should be large enough for component commanders to accomplish their missions and protect their , for example, they pick up the phone and call JFCC-Space.
Cartwright has said that the JFCCs would have a tough selling job. Now that will be left up to the new leader, Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton General Kevin Patrick "Chily" Chilton, USAF, (b November 3, 1954), is the current Commander, U.S. Strategic Command which he assumed the duties of on October 3, 2007. Prior to selection to general grade, Gen. Chilton spent 11 years of his military career as a NASA astronaut. , who was confirmed by the Senate in Septemben
Air Force Lt. Gen. C. Robert Kehler Lieutenant General Claude Robert "Bob" Kehler is Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As second in command, he is charged with ensuring the command meets responsibilities for global command and control of strategic forces and remains , Stratcom's deputy commander, who will also be leaving his post, said they are wrapping up the process of "operationalizing the command," which involves "mundane" tasks such as ironing out concepts of operation, putting in place procedures so filed units can make requests, and filling manpower billets.
"We are still in the process of moving people into jobs," he said. JFCC-Space still has not filled all its positions because it was one of the last components to be organized, he added.
"We are a supporting command. We are rarely supported," he noted. Air Force Brig. Gen. Brooks Bash, director of combat and information operations, said combatant commanders are currently "using Stratcom probably more than they realize."
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