Doctrine - Military Usage

Military Usage

The term also applies to the concept of an established procedure to a complex operation in warfare. The typical example is tactical doctrine in which a standard set of maneuvers, kinds of troops and weapons are employed as a default approach to a kind of attack.

Examples of military doctrines include:

  • Blitzkrieg of World War II
  • Guerre de course
  • Hit-and-run tactics
  • Mahanian of late 19th up to mid-20th century
  • Manhunting doctrine, or assured individual destruction
  • Reagan Doctrine of the Cold War
  • Shock and Awe
  • Soviet deep battle of World War II
  • Trench warfare of World War I

Almost every military organization has its own doctrine, sometimes written, sometimes unwritten. Some military doctrines are transmitted through training programs. More recently, in modern peacekeeping operations, which involve both civilian and military operations, more comprehensive (not just military) doctrines are now emerging such as the 2008 United Nations peacekeeping operations' "Capstone Doctrine" which speaks to integrated civilian and military operations.

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