Informing the COCOMs

A congressionally mandated panel on the future of the Army is calling on that service, and by extension all others, to better inform combatant commands of their available forces to better enable war planning. The National Commission on the Future of the Army, created in the Fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, on Jan. 28 released a report containing more than 60 recommendations into how the service can prepare for future conflicts and ensure its overall health. Early on in the commission’s reporting, the panel spoke with combatant commanders who complained that they do not have up-to-date data on the forces available to them, said Kathleen Hicks, a member of the panel who had previously served as the principal deputy undersecretary for policy from 2012 to 2013 and now is the director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. “The services have to feed this data” to allow for efficient war planning, as well as planning the mobility needs across services, Hicks said. While the commission specifically called on the Army to provide up-to-date force structure data to combatant commands, it is a need across the services, Hicks said at a Jan. 29 breakfast with reporters in Washington, D.C. (Read the? report; Caution, large-sized file.)