Command Narrative


Persistent Excellence

United States Central Command is recognized as a premier warfighting Combatant Command. We respond, we fight, we persist and we always conduct ourselves in accordance with our Service and American values. We strive to understand and help others to comprehend, with granularity and clarity, the complexities of our region. We recognize that trust cannot be surged in time of crisis and that every day, at every level, we must build confidence and reliance with all our partners. We inherently know that we must be alert, responsive and receptive to the challenges of the region and the interests of our Nation, Allies and partners. Our commitment to excellence reflects the efforts of the many dedicated military and civilian professionals - to include our coalition partners - directed towards improving security and stability in the 20-country Central Region.

Our Vision and Mission for the USCENTCOM Region
Stability - Security - Cooperation

We envision a more stable and prosperous region with increasingly effective governance, improved security, and trans-regional cooperation to counter state and non-state actors posing a threat to U.S. interests. To this end - our USCENTCOM mission is to direct and enable military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.

Our USCENTCOM Priorities
Ensure an Effective Posture

An effective posture with trained and ready forward stationed forces and equipment demonstrates our tremendous capability and enduring commitment to our partners and Allies in the region. It reassures them; it enables access and influence; and, it positions us to secure our enduring national interests. An effective posture also optimizes freedom of movement, deters state aggressors, and provides decision space and flexible response options for national-level decision makers.

Strengthen Allies and Partnerships

A coalition approach - at home and abroad - expands our ability to operate on multiple fronts. Strong relationships based upon shared values serve to create greater cohesion and enhances the effectiveness of available resources and capabilities. Integration with partners, within the region and beyond, enhances the benefit of our presence, mitigates resource constraints, and expands the reach of the force. By building the capacity of regional partner nations, we enable them to assume a larger share of the responsibility for securing their sovereign spaces.

Deter and Counter State Aggressors

Effectively posturing to maintain freedom of movement, freedom of action, and freedom of navigation is essential to securing our enduring national interests and the interests of our partners and Allies. We must also actively counter malign influence, and be prepared to confront aggressors, while reducing the freedom of action of surrogates and proxies operating in the region.

Disrupt and Counter Violent Extremist Organizations and their Networks

We must protect our homelands from terrorist threats that emanate from the Central Region. We will accomplish this by degrading and defeating violent extremist organizations and their networks, including Da'esh and al-Qaeda and their associated movements, and by preventing the further spread of sectarian-fueled conflict and violent extremist organizations.

What Our Nation Expects
Our Commitment

Our nation expects us to be experts on the security issues that exist and persist today in the Middle East and Central and South Asia. They expect we will be ready before crises emerge and that once we engage - we will win. I am confident that with the support of our coalition and other partners we will be well-prepared, we will identify and pursue opportunities, and that we will prevail in the extraordinarily complex environment that is the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.