Army Modernization Plan: Annex A (Doctrine)

Monday May 21, 2007

What is it? The Army Modernization Plan complements The Army Plan by describing the Army's modernization and investment strategies to enhance the modular force, reset its rotational force, and sustain required readiness levels. Annex A focuses on Doctrine. Doctrine embodies fundamental principles by which military forces or elements guide their actions in support of national objectives, expressing concisely how Army forces contribute to unified action in Joint campaigns, major operations, battles and engagements. Army doctrine is consistent with Joint doctrine, and describes the Army's approach to land-power dominance in full-spectrum operations.

What is the Army doing? Focused on recent updates to Army doctrine, Annex A of The Army Modernization Plan looks at the role of doctrine within the Operational Army and the Generating Force. Doctrine must be dynamic so that it remains relevant in an ever-changing strategic environment. This includes the development of doctrine to guide force development and employment of the Army Modular Force. In June 2005, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command published FM 1, The Army, establishing the Army's operational concept while defining the tenets for employing landpower in support of joint operations. In the near term, the Army will publish an integrated rewrite of FM 3-0, Full Spectrum Operations. FM 3-0 describes the fundamental principles for the employment of the Army Modular Force in current and future operations in Joint, interagency, and multinational environments. Together, these two manuals set the capstone of Army doctrine while providing the foundation for the subsequent development of critical operational doctrine. This includes comprehensive revisions of FM 3-07, Stability Operations; FM 3-28, Civil Support Operations; FM 3-13, Information Operations; and FM 5-0, The Operations Process. These publications are central to the broader effort to provide relevant doctrine to the Operational Army and Generating Force, serving as the doctrinal basis for force development and employment of the Army Modular Force.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Doctrine must be responsive to the needs of the Operational Army, and technology plays an important role in quickly determining and distributing the requisite knowledge to forces engaged in ongoing operations. To support modernization, the future doctrine process will leverage history and contemporary experiences with the latest technologies to create, process, authenticate, and distribute relevant doctrine throughout the force. New doctrine storage processes and retrieval methods will be essential to Soldier development, and will change how Soldiers access and use knowledge as part of the Future Force. To support this, TRADOC is making every effort to harness the use of a net-centric knowledge management system to streamline the incorporation of lessons learned and development and fielding of new and updated doctrine.

Why is this important to the Army? Army operations are based on doctrine and training standards. Doctrine forms the basis for training. Together, doctrine and training are key aspects of readiness. Doctrine facilitates communication among Soldiers--no matter where they serve--and contributes to a shared professional culture that serves as a baseline for curricula in the Army's Training and Education System.

Appendix A of the 2007 Army Modernization Plan discusses Army Doctrine. To learn more, click here.


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