Accession Number:

ADA539030

Title:

The Doctrinal Nesting of Joint and U.S. Army Terminology

Descriptive Note:

White paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA PEACEKEEPING AND STABILITY OPERATIONS INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-10

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The complicated and confusing world involving fragile states and insurgencies, requiring stability operations, makes the mission of the US military more complex. The merging and blending of doctrinal terms, without a clear understanding of what each term entails, increases the difficulty to prepare our forces to fight and win the nations wars. The use of these terms by various constituencies and stakeholders in ways that would advance their agenda without tying those definitions into a comprehensive framework has exacerbated the confusion. To clarify this terminology, PKSOI, Doctrine, Concepts, Education and Training DCET Division presents the following doctrinal analysis. Prior to our review, PKSOI expected to find that Joint and U.S. Army doctrine would not present a coherent framework integrating stability, irregular warfare and security cooperation. Upon our review, we realized that doctrine is indeed nested within a coherent framework with some exceptions. This paper describes the combined U.S. Army and Joint framework to ensure a common basis for discussion. First, it will establish the combined framework and describe its constituent parts. Next, it will discuss some of the issues with the current framework and finally, provide a glossary of the official terms and references. Recommendations to correct the different interpretations identified in this document will be provided in a separate document to the Combined Arms Center, Combined Arms Doctrine Division, and Joint Staff, J7, for their consideration and implementation.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE