Domain knowledge is valid knowledge used to refer to an area of human endeavor, or other specialized discipline. A subject-matter expert (SME) or domain expert is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic. A thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.
Military doctrine is a body of thought on how military forces intend to operate as an integral part of a joint force. Doctrine focuses on how to think—not what to think. It is a guide to action, not a set of fixed rules. It combines history, an understanding of the operational environment, and assumptions about future conditions to help leaders think about how best to accomplish missions. It provides an authoritative guide for leaders and Soldiers but requires original applications that adapt it to circumstances. Doctrine should foster initiative and creative thinking.
Doctrine establishes a common frame of reference; including intellectual tools that military leaders use to solve military problems. It is a menu of practical options based on experience. By establishing common approaches to military tasks, doctrine promotes mutual understanding and enhances effectiveness. It facilitates communication among Soldiers and contributes to a shared professional culture. By establishing a commonly understood set of terms and symbols, doctrine facilitates rapid dissemination of orders and fosters collaborative synchronization among units. It establishes the foundation for curricula in the Military Education System.
Military doctrine forms the basis for training and leader development standards and support products. Training standards provide performance baselines to evaluate how well a task is executed. Together, doctrine, training, and resources form the key to military readiness. Doctrine consists of fundamental principles; tactics, techniques, and procedures; and terms and symbols.
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The SMARTbook reference series is used by military, national security, and government professionals around the world at the organizational/institutional level; operational units and agencies across the full range of operations and activities; military/government education and professional development courses; combatant command and joint force headquarters; and allied, coalition and multinational partner support and training.
- Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), National Security Council (NSC), the Intelligence Community (NSA, CIA, etc), and the military Services
- Regional and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), Humanitarian Assistance Organizations and United Nations (& UNHCR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal, State and Local Authorities (disaster relief, first responders, etc)
- Military education and professional development courses/schools: officer and noncommissioned officer basic and advanced courses, NCO and Sergeants Major Academy, West Point and ROTC, Command & General Staff College (CGSC), Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) and the War College
- Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force active, reserve and national guard units across the full range of military operations (ROMO)
- Combatant Command (COCOM) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters around the world
- Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) regional centers: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
- National Training Center (NTC), Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Mission Command Training Program (MCTP)
- Allied, coalition and multinational partner support and training to include NATO, Iraq and the Afghanistan National Army
- Global War on Terrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific