Joint concepts should be authored by asingle agency, but continuously exposed to other members of the joint community, whether it is via formal or informalchannels. This exposure helps ensure that the concept takesinto account a greater array of key joint capabilities andconcerns. It also helps facilitate subsequent reviews of thedocument since the equities of the various contributors can beconsidered and incorporated early in the writing process.
3.Early Senior InvolvementObservations.
The CCJO was briefed to the JCS early in thedevelopment process with periodic in-progress reviews. Thisproved critical.
During an agency-wide conference before theinitial versions of the joint concepts were revised, the conceptdevelopment community expressed a universal desire to involvesenior decision makers early in the development and revisionprocess. This was partially because some concepts sufferedfrom delays due to changes raised late in the writing process bydecision-making bodies that had not been consulted earlier.Early senior involvement subsequently paid quick dividends forensuring the CCJO took an accurate vector in translating
capabilities. When the CCJO was revised,the initial proposed hypothetical solution depended heavily onUnified Action (UA)--the combined efforts of DOD with otherinteragency and multinational agencies. When it was briefed tothe JCS, the JCS directed that the solution not address unifiedaction per se, but the
to UA. This importantdistinction became a guiding force to subsequent developmentof the CCJO, and continues to guide the development of subordinate concepts within the JOpsC family.Early JCS involvement also helped subsequent senior leaderreviews, because at each step the writing team authors wereable to review previous JCS guidance with the relevant decisionmaking body, and demonstrate how that JCS guidance had beenincorporated into the CCJO. The continuous link to previousguidance fostered greater consistency of senior leader guidanceduring the year-long revision process, even as individualschanged on the respective OPSDEPS and JCS decision-makingbodies.