Unified Command Plan [UCP] Law and Legal Definition

Unified Command Plan (UCP) is a key strategic document that establishes the missions, responsibilities, and geographic areas of responsibility for commanders of combatant commands.

UCP establishes the combatant commands, identifies geographic areas of responsibility, assigns primary tasks, defines authority of the commanders, establishes command relationships, and gives guidance on the exercise of combatant command. It is approved by the President, published by the CJCS, and addressed to the commanders of combatant commands. Every two years, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is required to review the missions, responsibilities, and geographical boundaries of each combatant command and recommend to the President, through the Secretary of Defense, any changes that may be necessary.