Understanding OPCON

Berry Jr., Charles T.
April 2010
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;2010 2nd Quarter, Issue 57, p63
The article provides an understanding of operational control (OPCON) or the authority to perform functions of command over subordinate forces involving commands and forces in the U.S. OPCON aims to provide commanders with the requisite authority to organize their commands, delegate appropriate level of authority and subordinate commanders as needed to accomplish mission. It is stated that OPCON is not legally defined by law but is derived from the authorities of combatant command (COCOM).


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