MYTH: “JCSE supports only USCENTCOM, they are not available for anyone else…”
REALITY: JCSE is available for worldwide deployment in support of any Combatant Command. While it is true that recent deployments are predominately to the USCENTCOM AOR, at the same time JCSE has supported headquarters in the Philippines, in South America, and in Europe. The core JCSE mission is to provide support to unified commands, Non-DoD Agencies, and even allied governments.
MYTH: “JCSE only deploys when the CJCS says it can, there’s no way we can request their support for our mission…”
REALITY: JCSE is not a CJCS controlled asset, but rather a sub unified command of USTRANSCOM. Requesting JCSE support for your mission depends on whether you are conducting an exercise or deploying in support of a contingency operation. In either case, contact JCSE and a planning team will be assigned to you, who can guide you through the process. Like all DoD forces, JCSE does require a deployment order for movement OCONUS, but this is no different from any other CONUS based units.
MYTH: “JCSE can’t support small headquarters or operations; they only put in large fixed CP’s…”
REALITY: While it is true that JCSE can and does install C4I infrastructure to large headquarters and can support a very sizable command post, it’s also true that JCSE has the inherent flexibility to provide tailored support to any mission, including very small packages for liaison support or for initial entry operations. JCSE EoIP communications packages can deliver a variety of services and can easily scale up or down depending upon your requirements and require minimal manpower to support.
MYTH: “If I use JCSE, I have to pay for their support…”
REALITY: Well, that’s not exactly a myth. If you use JCSE, you pay for the deployment and re-deployment as well as for all logistics support once the team is on the ground. But consider that the size of a JCSE support package is minimal, and the size of the team is also small. When you deploy JCSE, you talk in terms of transit cases, not vehicles and pallets, and you speak of communications teams, not platoons or companies. That means you can easily integrate their deployment into your own force flow. Once on the ground, the small size of the team means fewer mouths to feed, and smaller power requirements means less fuel. At the same time JCSE delivers far more bang for the buck. In comparison with more traditional communications support packages, JCSE is a bargain.
MYTH: “JCSE can only be deployed for 90 days…”
REALITY: JCSE can be deployed on a particular mission for an indefinite period, and is in fact deployed that way now. There are requirements for supported headquarters to continue to validate JCSE use after an initially coordinate time period, but there is no hard and fast suspense for releasing JCSE from a mission.