Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly
Department of Defense-Department of State
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Every 2 years, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff s required by law to review the missions, responsibilities, and geographical boundaries of each geographic combatant command in the U.S. military and recommend to the President, through the Secretary of Defense, any changes that may be necessary. The review process includes combatant commanders, Service chiefs, and Department of Defense (DOD) leadership.
DOD Unifi d Command Plan (UCP) 2011 is a key strategic document that established the missions, responsibilities, and geographic areas of responsibility (AORs) for commanders of combatant commands. DOD geographic commands' areas are encompassed within designated borders. President Barack Obama signed the document April 6, 2011.
Adjustments in the 2011 UCP make U.S. Northern Command responsible for advocating for Arctic capabilities; U.S. Africa Command's maritime boundary will include the Cape Verde zone; and U.S. Southern Command will include the maritime boundary of the South Sandwich Islands.
Functional Command Revisions
U.S. Strategic Command's responsibility for combating weapons of mass destruction and developing a Global Missile Defense Concept of Operations is expanded. U.S. Transportation Command is assigned responsibility for synchronizing planning of global distribution operations.
The mission of the State Department Regional Bureaus is to implement U. …