Countering Threat Networks
JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON
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This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CJCS. It sets forth joint doctrine to govern the activities and performance of the Armed Forces of the United States in joint operations, and it provides considerations for military interaction with governmental and nongovernmental agencies, multinational forces, and other interorganizational partners. It provides military guidance for the exercise of authority by combatant commanders and other joint force commanders JFCs, and prescribes joint doctrine for operations and training. It provides military guidance for use by the Armed Forces in preparing and executing their plans and orders. It is not the intent of this publication to restrict the authority of the JFC from organizing the force and executing the mission in a manner the JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of objectives. The worldwide emergence of adaptive threat networks introduces a wide array of challenges to joint forces in all phases of operations. Threat networks vary widely in motivation, structure, activities, operational areas, and composition. Threat networks may be adversarial to a joint force or may simply be criminally motivated, increasing instability in a given operational area. Countering threat networks CTN consists of activities to pressure threat networks or mitigate their adverse effects. Understanding a threat networks motivation and objectives is required to effectively counter its efforts.