Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division

Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division

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The joint doctrine development community (JDDC) recently held the 41st Joint Doctrine Planning Conference (JDPC). This semiannual meeting is hosted by the Joint Staff J7 in support of doctrine for our warfighters. The conference continues its tradition of providing an open forum for the discussion and debate of doctrinal issues. It draws full representation from the Joint Staff, combatant commands, Services, Air Land Sea Application Center (ALSA), multiple Service schools, and many of our North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

The JDPC not only synchronizes the JDDC, but it also introduces some of the leading edge topics that affect today's doctrine. One such topic centered on the inclusion and expansion of key doctrine elements (KDEs) within joint publications (JPs). KDEs are distilled information extracted from approved text that represents the fundamental points and core ideas of joint doctrine, supporting terminology, and the Universal Joint Task List. They are intended to rapidly deliver concise extracts of the essential elements of approved joint doctrine on a given subject across the hierarchy. Related KDEs are linked across publications/ hierarchy and include:

* a definition, if present in Joint Publication (JP) 1-02, Department of Defense (DOD) Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

* related KDEs

* hyperlinks to closely related subject KDEs

* a joint doctrine description

* additional doctrine

* other source information depending on subject matter.

As the Joint Doctrine Education and Training Information System (JDEIS) matures, the process for developing KDEs will be enhanced.

Several information and decision briefs were provided at the JDPC. The Marine Corps Combat Development Command provided a decision brief on a proposed amphibious embarkation and debarkation publication. The Marine Corps cited its responsibilities within DOD to develop, in coordination with the other Services, the doctrine, tactics, techniques, and equipment employed by landing forces in amphibious operations. The recommendation to accept the Marine proposal for a new JP was unanimously passed. The JDDC voting members agreed to the development of a publication on landing force embarkation and debarkation, which would be numbered JP 3-02.1. The Marine Corps will be assigned as lead agent.

Additionally, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) provided a decision brief proposing the development of a joint publication on riverine operations. The brief outlined how riverine forces contribute strategic depth for inland power projection with a mission to conduct maritime security operations, as well as to control rivers and inland waterways; deny enemy use of rivers and inland waterways; and perform offensive and defensive operations. The planned riverine operating environment includes lakes, rivers, harbors, and deltas in both littoral and inland regions. The members disapproved the request by USSOUTHCOM to develop a stand-alone JP on riverine operations. The members of the working group agreed to have the Navy, as the executive agent, examine the existing guidance in JPs 3-03, Doctrine for Joint Interdiction Operations, 3-10, Doctrine for Joint Rear Area Operations, 3-31, Command and Control for Joint Land Operations, and 3-32, Command and Control for Joint Maritime Operations, and report the results at the 42d JDPC. They also agreed to pursue the option of asking ALSA, through the director of the Joint Staff J7, to develop a multi-Service tactics, techniques, and procedures on riverine operations. …

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