Military Reference: Multi-Service & Specialty

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 establishes a common frame of reference; including intellectual tools that military leaders use to solve military problems. By establishing common approaches to military tasks, doctrine promotes mutual understanding and enhances effectiveness. Together, doctrine, training, and resources form the key to military readiness.

SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during actual operations, as study guides at education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training. Serving a generation of military and national security professionals, reference SMARTbooks have become “mission-essential” around the world.

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Recognized as a “whole of government” doctrinal reference standard by military, national security and government professionals around the world, SMARTbooks comprise a comprehensive professional library designed for all levels of Service.

BSS5: The Battle Staff SMARTbook, 5th Ed.

Commanders, supported by their staffs, use the operations process to drive the conceptual and detailed planning necessary to understand, visualize, and describe their operational e...

TLS4: The Leader’s SMARTbook, 4th Rev. Ed. (2nd Printing)

Among professions, the Army Profession has unique characteristics because of the lethality of our operations. The Nation tasks the Army to do many things besides combat operations,...

SUTS2: The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (2nd Printing)

Tactics is the employment and ordered arrangement of forces in relation to each other. Through tactics, commanders use combat power to accomplish missions. The tactical-level comma...

SMFLS4: Sustainment & Multifunctional Logistics SMARTbook, 4th Ed.

The sustainment warfighting function is related tasks and systems that provide support and services to ensure freedom of action, extend operational reach, and prolong endurance. Th...

TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook, 2nd Ed.

In the complex, dynamic operational environments of the 21st century, significant challenges to sustainable peace and security exist. Sources of instability that push parties towa...