Central Command [CENTCOM] Law and Legal Definition

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is one of 10 combatant commands established in the U.S. military on January 1, 1983. CENTCOM has an area of responsibility (AOR), a specific geographic region of the world where the combatant commanders may plan and conduct operations according to the Unified Command Plan. CENTCOM’s AOR covers the central area of the globe and the countries such as Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, SaudiArabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. The mission of CENTCOM is to promote cooperation among nations, responds to crises, and deters or defeats state and non-state aggression, and supports development and, when necessary, reconstruction in order to establish the conditions for regional security, stability, and prosperity.