In mid July, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report about the Armed Forces’ Unified Command Plan (UCP) and the Combatant Commands (COCOMs). The report details the history, mission, and operational considerations of the nine COCOMs, and includes a brief discussion of current issues associated with the UCP and these commands.
The report also includes potential issues for Congress, including the implications of a strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region, and the need for greater interagency involvement in the UCP. Other potential issues include whether the Geographical COCOMs have made U.S. foreign policy “too militarized,” and whether the current nine COCOMs should be further separated to address emerging alignments and threats.
For more information about the CRS report, please follow the link below.
The Unified Command Plan and Combatant Commands: Background and Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service