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Enhancing Joint Interdependence

What is it?
Joint interdependence is the purposeful reliance by one Service’s forces on another Service’s capabilities to maximize the complementary and reinforcing effects of both.

What has the Army done?
The Army recognizes that joint interdependence is potentially the Joint Team's greatest asset. It has developed certain units and organizations that provide the Joint Force Commander with unique and complementary capabilities across the full spectrum of operations. These include supporting civil authorities at home and abroad; providing expeditionary forces; reassuring friends, allies, and coalition partners; dissuading and deterring adversaries; decisively defeating adversaries should deterrence fail; and winning the peace as part of an integrated interagency post-conflict effort aimed at achieving enduring victory.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to examine all the capabilities resident in the service and the Joint Force and determine which organization is best positioned to provide that capability to the Combatant Commanders. We will then be able to shed excess and redundant capabilities while concentrating our efforts and resources on enhancing those capabilities the Army is best suited to contribute to the Joint Team. Both our combat and our logistics formations will become joint interdependent.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is a critical component of the Joint Team. We must think of ourselves as indispensable and vital members of that team first, and as a service component second. We must remain aware that the Army always conducts operations—offensive, defensive, stability, and support—in a joint and expeditionary context. Deployment of prompt, sustained, and decisive land combat power in concert with air and naval power ensures a synergy that gives the Joint Force capabilities and power well beyond the sum of its parts. Additionally, the Army may realize programmatic efficiencies through continued adherence to joint interdependency principles, as we will be able to better exploit available resources to develop desired warfighting capabilities.