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Joint Forces Command to Strategic Command, the journey

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Joint Forces Command to Strategic Command, the journey

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Jont Forces Comman (JFC) was established in 2012, responsible for joint operations, intelligence, medical services, information systems, training and education, special forces and overseas bases.

In 2018, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir Nick Carter and the Permanent Secretary for the MOD, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, directed that a review of JFC should be undertaken. 

The outcome of the review validated the contribution of JFC to date, but it went further in recommending that JFC should take on an enhanced role with more responsibilities on behalf of defence, including:

  • providing leadership in the cyber domain for the MOD
  • generating and developing capabilities for defence across the land, sea, air, cyber and space domains
  • preparing for and coordinating joint operations
  • educating and training the joint force of today and of the future
  • leading in the information environment for defence and providing the MOD’s information and communication technology systems.

JFC has been renamed Strategic Command to better reflect the contribution it makes to defence.

Added: 16th December 2019