Area of Responsibility

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An Area of Responsibility is the geographical area associated with a combatant command within which a geographic combatant commander who has authority to plan and conduct operations.[1] From 1707 to 1964 British Admiralty used the term Station to define an area of responsibility.


  1. Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, (Washington DC: The Joint Staff, (November 2019), page 19.