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Defining Civil-Military Operations

The activities of a commander that establish, maintain, influence or exploit relations between military forces, governmental and nongovernmental civilian organizations and authorities, and the civilian populace in a friendly, neutral, or hostile operation area in order to facilitate military operations, to consolidate and achieve operational US objectives.

John Melkon


John Melkon has been charged with building and leading the Center for the Study of Civil Military Operations at West Point since March of 2012. In this capacity he is responsible for facilitating the coordination, planning and execution of the strategic vision and mission for the Center.