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Joint doctrine update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division.

The recently revised Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 5120.02A, Joint Doctrine Development System, set forth new guidance to provide warfighters with effective and accurate doctrine through a more expeditious change process and more timely revisions. Five recently approved revisions include Joint Publication (JP) 3-03, Joint Interdiction, JP 3-05.1, Joint Special Operations Task Force Operations, JP 3-15, Barriers, Obstacles, and Mine Warfare Operations, JP 3-35, Deployment and Redeployment Operations, and JP 3-60, Joint Targeting. From new doctrinal treatment of unmanned aircraft systems, special operations targeting and mission planning, improvised explosive device defeat, and "force visibility," to the recent change to "deliberate" and "dynamic" categories of targeting, relevance and timeliness are the goals.

The latest version of JP 3-03 added a considerable amount of new material. The additions included discussion of interdiction in joint operations, U.S. Coast Guard and maritime interception operations, riverine operations, joint interdiction planning, operational area geometry and coordination, and coverage of the Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan. It also introduced the terms strike coordination and reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft, and unmanned aircraft system to joint doctrine.

The revision of JP 3-05.1 subsumed the former JP 3-05.2, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Special Operations Targeting and Mission Planning. JP 3-05.2 is no longer part of the joint doctrine hierarchy. This publication reflected the change from special operations missions and collateral activities to "core tasks" and updated special operations joint doctrine. Furthermore, it clarified joint special operations task force command and control relationships and included more discussion on special operations forces and conventional forces integration.

JP 3-15 added numerous appendices pertaining to mobility and countermobility capabilities, mining capabilities and countermeasures (it removes the term countermining), and improvised explosive device defeat. It adds the terms explosive hazard, humanitarian mine action, and obstacle intelligence. This publication also modified definitions of the terms barrier, denial measure, mine, and obstacle.

JP 3-35 consolidated the former JP 4-01.8, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration, into its recent version. Deployment and redeployment operations introduced key entities in the synchronization and optimization of deployment and distribution operations--the U.S. Transportation Command deployment distribution operations center and combatant command joint deployment distribution operations center. Of note, it introduced deployment and redeployment operations in the conduct of homeland defense and civil defense.

JP 3-60 changed the major categories of targeting from planned and immediate to deliberate and dynamic. Subsequently, it posed the relationship that deliberate targeting manages planned targets, and dynamic targeting manages targets of opportunity. It also changed the names of Phase 1, 2, and 6 in the joint targeting cycle to end state and commander's objectives, target development and prioritization, and assessment, respectively.

The information above highlights only some of the key changes regarding these recent revisions. Revision continues in earnest. By December 2007, 65 percent of the joint publications will be less than 3 years old. Of note, during the May 2007 Joint Doctrine Planner's Conference, the joint doctrine development community unanimously voted in favor of drafting two new joint doctrine publications: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism. Both are currently in production.

For access to joint publications, go to the Joint Doctrine, Education, and Training Electronic Information System Web portal at ( users only). For those without access to .mil accounts, please go the Joint Electronic Library Web portal at

Joint Publications (JP) Revised Calendar Year 2007

JP 1, Doctrine for the Armed Forces of the United States

JP 1-04, Legal Support to Military Operations

JP 2-03, Geospatial Intelligence Support to Joint Operations

JP 3-01, Countering Air and Missile Threats

JP 3-03, Doctrine for Joint Interdiction Operations

JP 3-05.1, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Joint Special Operations Task Force Operations

JP 3-07.4, Joint Counterdrug Operations

JP 3-07.5, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (renumbered as JP 3-68)

JP 3-13.1, Electronic Warfare

JP 3-15, Barriers, Obstacles, and Mine Warfare for Joint Operations

JP 3-16, Multinational Operations

JP 3-33, Joint Task Force Headquarters

JP 3-34, Joint Engineer Operations

JP 3-35, Joint Deployment and Redeployment Operations

JP 3-50, Personnel Recovery

JP 3-60, Joint Doctrine for Targeting

Joint Publications Near Revision Calendar Year 2007

JP 2-0, Joint Intelligence

JP 3-04, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Shipboard Helicopter Operations

JP 3-07.3, Peace Operations

JP 3-27, Homeland Defense

JP 3-28, Civil Support

JP 3-63, Joint Doctrine for Detainee Operations

Note: JP 4-0, Doctrine for Logistic Support of Joint Operations, and JP 4-01.5, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Transportation Terminal Operations, are on hold.
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Publication:Joint Force Quarterly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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