Discussion Paper

DISCUSSION PAPER                    

SUBJECT:   Recommended multinational command structure with command relationships for coalition forces to defend Azerbaijan

1. ISSUE.   Develop and justify multinational command structure with command relationships
for coalition to defend Azerbaijan.

2. The Lead Nation Multinational Command structure is depicted in this paper.

3. Advantages.

a. A lead nation multinational command structure allows an integrated staff (to a degree) to ensure cooperation among multinational or national subordinate elements.   It also centralizes command structure that provides flexibility and the ability to work and succeed in all situations.  

b. The lead nation multinational command structure tends to allow better interaction and involvement between members.   This translates to and allows the lead nation command to successfully command and control multinational forces (i.e. provide support, coordinate with national allies and their headquarters, coordinate and administer forces to other assignments or operational requirements).  

4. Disadvantages.

a. During the initial stages of developing a coalition or specific command structure, coalition partners may not be willing to give up control to one nation or a lead nation and may tend to go with an integrated command structure.    

b. Agreement between all nations involved may be a contention in developing who will be the lead nation, what the lead nation will provide, and how much control.

5. Justification:

The situation in Azerbaijan requires a lead nation multinational command structure that has the will and capability, competence and influence to provide essential military leadership to coordinate the planning and execution of a coalition military operation.   In the type of operations to be conducted in the small area of Azerbaijan against the South Azeri People‚Äôs Army (SAPA), the structure and capability of a Lead Nation to provide quick and decisive decision...