Military Doctrine: A Reference Handbook

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CHAPTER 2
U.S. Government
Military Doctrine Resources

The U.S. Government is the world’s leading military doctrine information producer. These resources are produced by many armed service branches and this chapter will primarily focus on publicly accessible Internet resources. It will begin with coverage of joint U.S. military doctrine documents. Joint, as used in military terminology, refers to using two or more armed services of the same nation in coordinated action to obtain common objectives. Joint military cooperation and planning has received major emphasis within the U.S. military as a result of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act. This has compelled the U.S. military to place heavy emphasis on collaborative planning between armed services branches and officers serving in joint commands as a way to diminish inter-service rivalries and promote military career advancement.1

This chapter will describe how to find national security strategy documents produced by recent presidential administrations and military doctrine documents produced by individual branches of the U.S. military that contain information about the organizations within the U.S. military responsible for producing, revising, and updating military doctrinal literature. The primary emphasis of this chapter will be on finding current U.S. military doctrinal and national security strategy literature since much of it is accessible through the Internet.

Students of military doctrine documents will be able to find this literature in some of the United States’ federal depository libraries. These libraries provide Americans with free access to information produced by the U.S. Government and are paid for with our tax dollars. A directory of federal depository libraries can be found at http://catalog.fdlp.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp. Such documents are most likely to be found in major university libraries and will likely be arranged in the U.S. Government Printing Office’s Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system in which documents are arranged alphabetically by the agency producing the document. Of tangible format (print or microfiche) military doctrine publications since the late 1940s, joint doctrine publications produced by

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