U.S. Department of Defense


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Joint Force Quarterly / issue 64, 1st quarter 2012.

Published by National Defense University Press, ndupress.ndu.edu


Over the past decade, the Department of Defense (DOD) has watched the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), which was initially conceived as the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) prototype, mature into a fully functioning joint command validating its mission and capabilities through numerous successful deployments. Today’s JECC is a collection of high-demand joint capabilities ready to immediately support joint force commander requirements worldwide. The JECC has supported every major military operation since 9/11—from contingency missions in Iraq and Afghanistan to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in Haiti and Pakistan. Moreover, many may not realize that the JECC offers a military officer the opportunity to gain an unprecedented level of joint experience in every area of operations across the globe. These two statements not only make the JECC unique but also are the reason the command has been so successful. There is no other DOD organization offering a joint force commander both the depth of joint knowledge and the remarkable level of joint expertise gained from experience in the full spectrum of military operations. To fully understand the unique nature of the JECC and the critical capabilities the command can bring to the joint warfighter, it is necessary to take a brief look at its evolution and crisis participation since its inception.