SJFHQStanding Joint Force Headquarters (US military)
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The SJFHQ consisted of 58 core members, with an additional six system-of-system analysts as needed, organized for the purpose of aiding in the rapid establishment of a joint task force (JTF) headquarters.
Following Millennium Challenge 2002, in which the SJFHQ concept was tested and further refined, DOD tasked USJFCOM to develop a prototype SJFHQ and build the necessary policies and procedures to assist the geographic combatant commands (GCCs) in implementing the concept.
The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) also suggested expanding the concept of SJFHQ (CE) to additional two- and three-star component headquarters.
Elements of the SJFHQ deployed to Haiti in the spring of 2004, but the headquarters element and all its planning tools were not yet fully operational.
Besides the US SJFHQ, the African Union can also examine the UN's Standby Force High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG), which maintains an 11-member permanent "planning element.
When a JTF is established, the SJFHQ takes over as its headquarters staff, enabling more proactive and coherent planning and quicker use of capabilities than can be accomplished by the traditional ad hoc approach, Bartell said.
The SJFHQ name gave a perception to some people that we were a headquarters.
The long-term goal is to implement the enabling capabilities of SJFHQ throughout EPOC, the main headquarters, and components.
The SJFHQ will provide each geographic combatant commander with an informed and in-place command and control capability, reducing the "ad hoc" nature of today's joint task force headquarters.
Initially, XVIII Airborne Corps had the lead for the SJFHQ experiment, but it could not participate in Millennium Challenge because it was deployed to Afghanistan; III Corps responded in just three weeks.
The deployable joint command and control will provide the materiel solution for the SJFHQ.