U.S. Army Streamlines Doctrine Publications
The U.S. Army’s most comprehensive doctrine overhaul in decades is well on its way to completion.
Doctrine 2015 aims to make the Army’s fundamental principles more accessible, relevant and user-friendly. The Army is producing all-new Army Doctrine Publications (ADPs), supporting documents and manuals, and mobile applications for soldiers. Doctrine outlines the fundamental principles of how the Army operates. It serves as a guide for all soldiers as they prepare to conduct operations and learn their essential tasks.
Soldiers will be able to check out all 15 ADPs, on topics ranging from intelligence and special operations to mission command and sustainment, at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Oct. 22-24 inWashington.
The Army is making Doctrine 2015 accessible in several ways, including online. A public website makes available Doctrine 2015 manuals that aren’t classified and those without distribution restrictions.
They can also be downloaded on mobile devices, and there are apps available to help users find the top¬ic areas they’re looking for, said Clint Ancker, chief of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD), which is part of theCombinedArmsCenteratFort Leavenworth,Kan.
“If you wanted to get to Army doctrine last year, you’d have trouble without a Common Access Card,” he said. “It was all behind a firewall.”
Each of the publications is only 10 pages long — a dramatic difference from the old manuals, which were often hundreds of pages long.
Also available are all but two of the 15 accompanying Army Doctrine Reference Publications (ADRPs), which provide detailed and expanded information on each ADP. Each ADRP is no more than 100 pages.
“In the course of less than a year, we produced 27 other manuals,” Ancker said. “And for the first time in the Army’s history, all of the senior manuals were linked together and released at roughly the same time.”
Next to be produced are 50 field manuals, which will cover tactics and procedures for each war-fighting function — in 200 pages or fewer. Those are scheduled to be completed in December 2013. The first publication, ADP 3-0, the Army’s operational field manual, called “Unified Land Operations,” was released at last year’s Association of the United States Army annual meeting.
The Army is working to make sure these publications are relevant to soldiers, regardless of rank, and that they capture the lessons learned from the past decade of war, Ancker said.
“Every officer that I have working for me as a doctrine author has at least one combat tour inIraqandAfghanistan,” he said.
And as the doctrine has been developed, Ancker and his team have sought feedback from the opera¬tional force. In one instance, CADD sent a team toFort Hood,Texas, to spend a week with commanders in the field to improve the airspace control manual.
“We had them sit down to make recommendations on how to make this more relevant to what they were doing,” Ancker said. “We brought in about a dozen operators from half a dozen organizations in the Army. … And they made some suggestions on how to make this better and how to capture lessons learned.”
Other ways CADD is making Doctrine 15 available:
å Box sets: A limited number of box sets contain all 15 ADPs as a promotional tool to spread awareness of the program among Army leaders.
The plan is to distribute these box sets to generals, senior executive service officials, and brigade and battalion commanders and their command sergeants major.
– DVD: The DVD is called the Army Doctrine Comprehensive Guide, and it features all the unrestricted manuals. It also contains links and guides that will help soldiers navigate the large number of publications so they can easily find what they need.
– Download code: Soldiers can scan a Quick Response code to download the ADPs and ADRPs onto their mobile devices, Ancker said.
– Video book: The soon-to-be-produced video book gives soldiers a guided tour through the most important parts of all 15 ADPs. The video book, which is 60 to 90 minutes long, should be ready early next year, Ancker said.
– Interactive instruction guides: Guides for each ADRP give users a detailed look at the contents of each publication, Ancker said.
– Techniques pubs: As the focus now turns to the 50 field manuals, CADD also is working on Army Techniques Publications (ATPs), which go into even further detail on tactics, techniques and procedures for various subject areas.
– Wiki site: Also in the works is a wiki-based site where soldiers can pick up best practices contained in the ATPs and even contribute their own lessons learned. Ancker expects the wiki page to be ready next year as more ATPs are released and fixes and improvements are made to the software.