Joint Publication 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, 10 Sep 2001

This revised edition of JP 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, represents the latest in a series of updates to joint doctrine. It reflects the most current guidance for conducting joint and multinational activities across the range of military operations.

This vital keystone publication forms the very core of joint warfighting doctrine and establishes the framework for our forces’ ability to fight as a joint team. Often called the “linchpin” of the joint doctrine publication hierarchy, the overarching concepts and principles contained in this publication provide a common perspective from which to plan and execute joint, interagency, and multinational operations. This comprehensive document addresses all key aspects of joint warfighting in war and military operations other than war, where many of today’s military activities are focused.

As our Nation moves briskly into the 21st Century, the guidance in this publication will enable the current and future leaders of our Armed Forces to organize, train, and execute worldwide missions as our forces transform to meet emerging challenges.

Scope - This publication is the keystone document of the joint operations series. It provides fundamental principles and doctrine that guide the Armed Forces of the United States in the conduct of joint and multinational operations.

Purpose - This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It sets forth doctrine to govern the joint activities and performance of the Armed Forces of the United States in joint operations and provides the doctrinal basis for US military involvement in multinational and interagency operations. It provides military guidance for the exercise of authority by combatant commanders and other joint force commanders (JFCs) and prescribes doctrine for joint operations and training. It provides military guidance for use by the Armed Forces in preparing their appropriate plans. 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 the overall mission.


a. Doctrine and guidance established in this publication apply to the commanders of combatant commands, subunified commands, joint task forces, and subordinate components of these commands. These principles and guidance also may apply when significant forces of one Service are attached to forces of another Service or when significant forces of one Service support forces of another Service.

b. The guidance in this publication is authoritative; as such, this doctrine will be followed except when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptional circumstances dictate otherwise. If conflicts arise between the contents of this publication and the contents of Service publications, this publication will take precedence for the activities of joint forces unless the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normally in coordination with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has provided more current and specific guidance. Commanders of forces operating as part of a multinational (alliance or coalition) military command should follow multinational doctrine and procedures ratified by the United States. For doctrine and procedures not ratified by the United States, commanders should evaluate and follow the multinational command’s doctrine and procedures, where applicable and consistent with US law, regulations, and doctrine.

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