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Appendix C

Wartime Executive Agency Responsibilities

This Appendix discusses all the responsibilities of the Wartime Executive Agency.


  C-1. Responsibilities of an executive agent are:
  • Implement and comply with the relevant policies and directives of the SECDEF.
  • Ensure proper coordination among military departments, the combatant commands, the JCS, the Joint Staff, the SECDEF, and the Defense agencies and DOD field activities as appropriate for the responsibilities and activities assigned.
  • Issue directives to other DOD components and take action on behalf of the SECDEF, to the extent authorized in the directive establishing the executive agent.
  • Make recommendations to the SECDEF for actions regarding the activity that designated the executive agent, including the manner and timing for dissolution of these responsibilities and duties.
  • Perform such other duties and observe such limitations as set forth in the directive establishing the executive agent.
  C-2. The following is a listing of commonly recognized Army Service component WEAR responsibilities.

Army WEAR Requirements Service Component
Inland Logistics Support USMC
Inland Class I All Services
Supply Support of UN Peacekeeping Forces UN
Operation of Common User Ocean Terminals All Services
Intermodal Container Management All Services
Transportation Engineering for Highway Movement All Services
Common User Land Transportation In-Theater All Services
Log Applications of Automated Marking and Symbols All Services
Military Customs Inspection Program All Services
Military Troop Construction USAF Overseas
Airdrop Equipment and Systems All Services
Power Generation Equipment and Systems All Services
Land Based Water Resources All Services
Overland POL Support All Services
Military Postal System All Services
DOD Enemy POW and Detainee Program All Services
Blood Support USAF
 Military Veterinary Support All Services
Medical Evacuation on the Battlefield All Services
Mortuary Services/Graves Registration Operations All Services
Single Managers for Conventional Ammunition All Services
Chemical Munitions All Services
Disposal of Waste Explosives and Munitions All Services

  C-3. Geographic combatant commanders have many options when establishing their theater support systems. They may use uni-Service, cross-Servicing, common-Servicing or joint-Servicing support arrangements. Based on the type of Service support agreement, geographic combatant commanders assign logistics responsibilities. They may use either the dominant-user or the most-capable-Service concept. Regardless of the method, it should allow the components to use the common-user system for requirements that exceed organic capabilities. When implementing a concept, the combatant commander should plan for contingencies that would require a different arrangement.
  C-4. The geographic combatant commander assigns the Service component that is the principal consumer responsibility for providing or coordinating logistics support to the other Service components in the theater or designated area.
  C-5. The geographic combatant commander assigns responsibilities to the Service component most capable of performing the mission. Usually, the most-capable-Service arrangement is the most efficient and flexible.


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