DoD Directive 3000.07

  • DoD Directive 3000.07
    • Irregular Warfare (IW)
    • 12 pages
    • Public
    • December 1, 2008

(a) DoD Directive 5100.1, “Functions of the Department of Defense and Its Major Components,” August 1, 2002
(b) DoD Directive 3000.05, “Military Support for Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations,” November 28, 2005
(c) DoD Directive 1322.18, “Military Training,” September 3, 2004
(d) DoD Directive 5160.41E, “Defense Language Program (DLP),” October 21, 2005
(e) DoD Directive 5144.1, “Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration/DoD Chief Information Officer (ASD(NII)/DoD CIO),” May 2, 2005

1. PURPOSE. This Directive:
a. Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for DoD conduct of IW and development of capabilities to address irregular challenges to national security in accordance with Reference (a).

4. POLICY. It is DoD policy to:
a. Recognize that IW is as strategically important as traditional warfare. Many of the  capabilities and skills required for IW are applicable to traditional warfare, but their role in IW can be proportionally greater than in traditional warfare.
b. Improve DoD proficiency for IW, which also enhances its conduct of stability operations.  Stability operations are a core U.S. military mission that the Department of Defense shall be prepared to conduct across the full range of military operations in accordance with DoD Directive 3000.05 (Reference (b)).
c. Conduct IW independently of, or in combination with, traditional warfare.
(1) IW can include a variety of steady-state and surge DoD activities and operations:
counterterrorism; unconventional warfare; foreign internal defense; counterinsurgency; and stability operations that, in the context of IW, involve establishing or re-establishing order in a fragile state.
(2) While these activities may occur across the full range of military operations, the balance or primary focus of operations gives a campaign its predominant character.

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