Deputy Chief of Mission
The DCM is like the COO of the Embassy, and acts as Charge d'Affaires (person in charge) whenever the Ambassador is absent. He/she is responsible for ensuring the mission can operate with allocated resources and together with the Ambassador runs the Embassy "front office." In some cases, the DCM will have a small staff to help manage the flow of paper and people, possibly in conjunction with other front office managers. However, it is not on the scale of DOD staff capabilities. There is no reach-back to planning cells, info management cells, visitors' bureaus or other specialized tools. In some cases, the front office is supported by protocol assistants and interpreters (Iraq) who work exclusively for them. DCM jobs are jobs that provide some of the most extensive and complex management challenges overseas.