Decentralized Control System
The TA commander will have an RTOC cell under the control of the Deputy Chief of Staff for
Operations (DCSOPs). The cell will effect all necessary host nations' coordination. It would provide TA
commander directives to the TAACOM RTOC.
The TAACOM RTOCs are planning and coordinating elements. They provide the TAACOM
commander interface with host nations assets. They also coordinate with the MP brigade and engineer
command (ENCOM). This is to support the area support group RTOCs in rear operations planning.
The tasking authority for rear operations within the area support group belongs to the (ASG) RTOCs.
Support assets in general or direct support of the area support group RTOC may also receive taskings
from the TAACOM RTOC. The ASG RTOC will operate as shown in Figure 4-1.
Host nation (HN) coordination will occur at each echelon throughout the EAC. If the host nation is
viable, it will normally retain responsibility for rear operations. When this occurs, host nation
agreements will be the guidelines for the support that is provided. Though host nations' support exists,
all U.S. base commanders will maintain defense of their facilities and bases.
The host nation may not be friendly. The theater of operations will then expand to accommodate the
theater army. Active intelligence and security command (INSCOM) assets, civil affairs units, and lower
echelon (corps, division) rear operation controls will be in place. They will support the intelligence and
information requirements of the EAC RTOCs.
Because of the hostile environment and the size of the theater of operations, the TA commander will
normally assign a TCF to the rear operation. He may keep a combat unit in the theater before
commitment to forward forces or assign it to the TA rear operation.
Base defense in the TA area is comparable to that of the division and for the corps. MP security
companies are often called upon for physical security at critical facilities in the TAACOM. Extensive
obstacles or security systems that have been constructed or installed may also protect the facilities.
Base and base cluster defensive plans must be obtained by the ASG RTOC. Conduct a detailed
review of these facilities to understand their capabilities. Defense against a Level II threat can be
accomplished for some bases. The TAACOM and ASG RTOCs will complete all rear operations
planning as covered in Lesson 2.
The EAC RTOC must incorporate all units into the mutual defense of the theater. Coordination
agreements obtained by TA must be decentralized as much as possible. Thereby, ASG RTOCs can
task and execute quick, efficient rear operations support with other services and with the host nation.