Insights to Effective Interorganizational Coordination
by David Grambo, Barrett Smith and Richard W. Kokko
The Joint Staff J7, Joint Force Development, supports the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and contributes to the operational effectiveness of the joint force through the publication of focus papers containing insights and best practices across several different functional areas. This article, written by members of the Interorganizational Coordination branch of the Deployable Training Division, focuses on interorganizational coordination insights and best practices collected and compiled by Deployable Training Division observer/trainers working with geographic combatant commands, functional combatant commands, Services, and joint task force headquarters. These insights and best practices are intended to enhance the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the joint force by improving communication, enhancing collaboration, and promoting unity of effort among Department of Defense (DoD) and interorganizational partners.
Strategic guidance provides joint force commanders (JFCs) a framework to achieve interorganizational coordination by providing the authority and legitimacy for unity of effort. JFCs must actively seek to horizontally integrate with potential mission partners and other external stakeholders as part of an overarching comprehensive approach. By promoting and facilitating inclusion, starting with the planning process, JFCs enable a better understanding of the situation through the aggregation of multiple perspectives in framing the problem and way ahead and setting the conditions necessary for the eventual and successful transition of roles and responsibilities to other mission partners…
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| About the Authors:
Mr. David Grambo is an Interagency Observer/Trainer, and the lead for the Interagency functional area, with the Joint Staff, J7, Deployable Training Division (DTD). He is a retired U.S. Navy officer.
Lieutenant Commander Barrett Smith is an Interagency Observer/Trainer with the Joint Staff, J7, Deployable Training Division (DTD). In his prior command, he served as the Operations Officer for Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SEVEN.
Mr. Richard W. Kokko is an Interagency Observer/Trainer with the Joint Staff, J7, Deployable Training Division (DTD). He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.