Assuring Worldwide Access: Combatant Command J4s.


LtGen John Broadmeadow, USMC, Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM


* COL Donald Wols, USA, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

* RADM Paul Verrastro, USN, US European Command (EUCOM)

* Brig Gen Mark Camerer, USAF, US Africa Command (AFRICOM)

* BG Charles Hamilton, USA, US Forces Korea (USFK)

* Col William Truax Jr., USMC, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

* Brig Gen Evan Miller, USAF,

US Pacific Command (PACOM)

LtGen Broadmeadow began by putting the combatant commands into context, explaining that they each took a regional view of the world. Yet, they all have global responsibilities to ensure that their regions are supported by all of us. He challenged attendees to consider where they fit within the global distribution network, saying that it includes much more than simply planes, rail, ships, trucks, or any of the other things they do.

Broadmeadow described industry as the fourth component of USTRANSCOM who not only provide transportation, they provide necessary services including access. As Gen McDew had mentioned in his speech, integrating this fourth component can prove challenging, especially in terms of moving from a military secret environment into unclassified business-oriented environment.

He also expanded on the issue of cyber, calling it essential to what the global distribution network does. "We're in a data business that happens to do transportation. The planes, the ships, the rail cars--those are critical for us, but none of them move without data. And this integration of data is not only our greatest opportunity to maintain our ability over our adversaries, but it also represents our most critical vulnerability."

SOCOM's "regional view" spans the globe. While their challenges are global, they are also unique in the types of operations they do which require many different types of support. COL Wols explained that what SOCOM does is not unique in terms of where or how it operates; size and rapidness cause the command's largest challenges. Wols shared five main points with the audience:

  1. Special Operations Forces (SOF) is global;

  2. As a result, they operate in austere environments which requires creative arrangements for low volume, low frequency support and enabler capabilities;

  3. Planning factors such as authorities and funding are tough in a trans-regional environment;

  4. The majority of special operations require not special operations support; and

  5. Nearly all SOF operations are at the request of and under the...

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