The CoCOM must deal with up to 20 or 30 ambassadors. Also, State was designed in a day when it took much longer for the president’s views and guidance to make its way to a country team and/or CoM. So, instead of churning the debate over more clear authority, why not restructure State so the State map overlays the DoD world map (or vice versa). Then State could appoint “super-ambassadors” that run everything, to include all elements of DIME (L?) [diplomatic, information, military, economic-legal]. I’d think, given the smaller State budget, an idea like this might build in some efficiencies that State clearly lacks now.
GARY SPIVEY COMMENTS ON CHARLES RAY’S ARTICLE, “DEFINING LINES OF AUTHORITY,” FEBRUARY AFJ. (www.armedforcesjournal.com/2009/02/3882601.)
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