The Fifth Service Looks at Doctrine
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The Coast Guard, having no doctrine command, chartered a field commanders concept of doctrine team in 1994. Directed by operational flag officers, the team presented its findings to the commandant the following year. Common areas identified by the team as needing improvement were distilled into seven themes unity of vision, efficiency, external links, training links, focus, unity of effort, and empowerment. These themes emerged as doctrine drivers. The team reported the need for a doctrine system and recommended that one be established. But because findings by other teams training and streamlining were pending at the time, and the form of the Coast Guard was thus unclear, the doctrine team recommended that a focus group be appointed to develop and analyze specific options and costs of implementing such a system. The following article represents a status report on efforts by the doctrine focus group that was chartered by the commandant under the Directorate for Reserve and Training.
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