Command Advisory Group

Phone: (847) 688-3680, ext 7263.
DSN: 792-3680, ext 7263.
 COL Nick Wittwer, (USA)

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The two divisions of the Command Advisory Group (CAG) plan and conduct strategic communications, innovation management, program evaluation studies, and concept analyses. The CAG supports developing and communicating strategic goals to stakeholders inside USMEPCOM and throughout the DOD Accession Community. It leads future-focused evaluation research to inform planning for strategic human capital and organizational structure, and business capabilities. The CAG focuses these activities to support the Command's mission, strategic direction, and relationships in the DoD Accession Community. The CAG publishes the Command's Strategic Communications Plan and other Command information products.

The CAG provides communication and public affairs support throughout the Command. The CAG develops and manages the Command's strategic communication plan. The CAG conducts and supports enterprise-wide public affairs and protocol activities. Key functions include command information, community relations, press and media, public information, and protocol support for special guests and distinguished visitors at HQs and Sectors, and support to MEPS. The CAG coordinates command group communications for Congress, higher headquarters, key leaders, and special visitors. The CAG develops and synchronizes the Commander's executive engagement plan and communications, and prepares the Commander for participation in GO level forums/conferences and events as required.

The Analysis and Innovation Division (AID) assists the Commander in visualizing, defining, and exploring unfamiliar concepts and problems and in developing approaches to solving them. It helps goal owners develop and evaluate functional area implications of strategic concepts and courses of action. This includes leading and assisting production of alternatives for accomplishing long-range objectives, task organizations, major operational tasks, and implementing concepts and conducting enterprise level risk assessments.

These duties are accomplished through a research, modeling, and analyses activities such as the following:

  • Discovering and defining valid problems that require evaluation research •Defining end state conditions •Applying robust full-spectrum critical and analytic thinking to challenge assumptions and invite innovation •Conducting comprehensive operational and strategic environmental scanning to clarify and enrich understanding of the Command's operational and strategic environments, stakeholder and partner communities of interest, and the mission impacts of emerging technologies and business practices.
  • Identifying requirements for future-focused program evaluations and recommending strategies for accomplishing the top priority evaluations •Conducting independent critical reviews and analysis of Command planning processes, planning factors, and operational concepts to identify potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
  • Conducting enterprise problem solving through SWOT analyses, modeling, simulation, and special directed studies.
  • Supporting Commander's special initiatives and events.
  • Leading the Command's Research Program as directed by the Senior Leadership Council (SLC) and in partnership with academic institutions and other federal agencies.
  • Partnering with the PA Division in coordinating externally on command level special initiatives with USMEPCOM Stakeholders and Partners and various research agencies.

Analysis and Innovation

Public Affairs Office