A liaison officer or LNO is a person who liaises between two organizations to communicate and coordinate their activities. Generally, liaison officers are used to achieve the best utilization of resources or employment of services of one organization by another.
In the military, liaison officers may coordinate activities to protect units from collateral damage. They also work to achieve mutual understanding or unity of effort among disparate groups. For incident or disaster management, liaison officers serve as the primary contact for agencies responding to the situation.
Liaison officers often provide technical or subject matter expertise of their parent organization. Usually an organization embeds liaison officers in other organizations to provide face-to-face coordination.
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- Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Civil-Military Operations, Joint Publication (JP) 1-02 (Washington, DC: CJCS, amended through October 15, 2001), p. 250.