More COCOM Consolidation Options

We’ve received quite a bit of feedback from our story about US Combatant Command consolidation and realignment options being considered as Pentagon officials re-write the Unified Command Plan.

It seems every person in the defense community has an opinion on the topic. Just to recap, several options are on the table and no decisions have been made. They include combining Northern Command and Southern Command; splitting Africa Command between European and Central commands; and grouping Afghanistan, Pakistan and India together in Pacific Command.

It worth pointing out some COCOM consolidation and reorganization options laid out by Lt. Cmdr. David Coghlan in a story (and map above) published in the October 2012 issue of our own Armed Forces Journal.

Coughlan’s plan puts Mexico and the Caribbean into SOUTHCOM; eliminates AFRICOM with CENTCOM taking over the entire continent; puts Afghanistan and Pakistan in PACOM; and expands NORTHCOM to include EUCOM. In the plan, he also shifts Israel from EUCOM into CENTCOM.

You could check out Coghlan’s plan here.

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