Merge DOD Organizations in U.S. Embassiesions operate within many embassies: Defense Attaché Office (DAO), Security Cooperation Office (SCO), and Force Protection Detachment (FPD). Combining these would incorporate four of the nine principles of war: unity of command, simplicity, economy of force, and objective. Creating the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché was a step in the right direction, but significantly more would be gained by this proposed unification, improving DOD’s overall military-to-military engagement strategy with a host nation, while also reducing costs.
Unity of Command and Effort
First and foremost, consolidation would result in true unity of command through the efforts of one responsible leader. As it stands, these organizations report to different agencies, each with its own objectives and priorities.