JIATF-SJoint Inter-Agency Task Force, South
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Some observers have concluded that JIATF-S is the benchmark interagency organization to emulate.
According to Fishel, "The real reason JIATF-S works is that it is structurally an organization that has unity of command.
In JIATF-S and JIATF-W, the task force commander has only tactical control of the participating units, while operational control remains with the parent agencies.
JIATF-S serves as a model that other interagency organizations can tailor to their specific goals.
Within the JIATF-S organizational structure, representatives from DOD, Homeland Security, and the Justice Department, along with U.
While traditional joint operations focus on efforts among the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, JIATF-S has gone past these traditional boundaries, becoming a fully integrated interagency command.
JIATF-S incorporates a wide range of governmental and international organizations in addition to those previously mentioned.
These different but complementary objectives could raise disputes in a traditional joint organization, but JIATF-S has overcome this issue by recognizing and facilitating the success of all relevant metrics.
This experience is crucial for those who wish to apply the JIATF-S concept of operations to other problem sets.
JIATF-S also assigns liaison officers to many law enforcement operations.
On any given day, the JIATF-S intelligence directorate presents more intelligence-derived targets than the operations arm has assets to prosecute.
Organizations such as JIATF-S represent the first step in this process, but more must be done.