This is the Third Revised Edition of The Joint Forces Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook, completely updated with 186 new pages from the latest versions (Aug ’11) of JP 3-0 Joint Operations and JP 5-0 Joint Operations Planning. At 336 pages, it’s our most comprehensive SMARTbook yet. It is designed for use by ALL SERVICES and JOINT FORCES across the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war.
The nature of the challenges to the United States and its interests demand that the Armed Forces operate as a fully integrated joint team across the range of military operations. The synergy that results from the integration and synchronization of Service components’ capabilities under a single joint force commander maximizes the effectiveness and efficiency of the force.
Military operations vary in scope, purpose, and conflict intensity across a range that extends from military engagement, security cooperation, and deterrence activities to crisis response and limited contingency operations and, if necessary, to major operations and campaigns.
Joint operation planning consists of planning activities associated with joint military operations by combatant commanders and their subordinate joint force commanders in response to contingencies and crises.
Achieving national strategic objectives requires effective unified action resulting in unity of effort — to include interagency, intergovernmental, nongovernmental and multinational partners. This is accomplished by collaboration, synchronization, and coordination in the use of the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power.