Land Operations
(Source: British Army; issued March 31, 2017)
Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) Land Operations is the primary source of doctrine for UK land operations. Building on the foundations laid by higher-level North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Defence doctrine, it provides the philosophy and principles that guide land forces’ approach to operations. As the capstone doctrine of UK land forces, its philosophy and principles inform the practices and procedures in the Army field Manual (AfM) series, handbooks and aides-memoire.

ADP Land Operations is required reading for all land force commanders from sub-unit upwards and for staff officers working in the land environment. They must explain the doctrine to their subordinates and so ensure that the whole land force operates in accordance with its principles. It is also useful for allies, joint staffs, civil servants and civilians working alongside land forces.

Unless otherwise specified, all definitions used in ADP Land Operations are consistent with those of NATO Allied Administrative Publication (AAP) 06, NATO Glossary of Terms.

ADP Land Operations has three parts.

Part 1 establishes the context which informs the fundamentals of land doctrine.
-- Chapter 1 describes the nature of conflict, of the land environment and of land forces, how the character of conflict changes, and key aspects of contemporary conflict. It identifies important implications for land forces.
-- Chapter 2 examines the UK national context and describes the NATO framework of operations and relationships within which operations are conducted.
-- Chapter 3 describes the three components of land forces’fighting Power: conceptual, moral and physical.

Part 2 describes the fundamentals of land doctrine.
-- Chapter 4 explains Integrated Action, a unifying doctrine, which guides the orchestration and execution of operations whether the task is any combination of fighting, engagement, security or support.
-- Chapter 5 describes the Manoeuvrist Approach, the British Army’s fighting doctrine for the tactical level, specifically focused on the enemy.
-- Chapter 6 is concerned with Mission Command, the command philosophy of the British Army.

Part 3 introduces how operations are conducted. These subjects are covered in greater detail in the AfM series.
-- Chapter 7 explains interoperability, how land forces organise for operations, and how they support and are supported by other components.
-- Chapter 8 provides general guidance on how operations are planned and conducted to achieve Integrated Action. It explains the tactical functions, operational art, various doctrinal frameworks and provides a summary of the tactical activities that contribute to Integrated Action.
-- Chapter 9 describes wider aspects of command (in the context of Mission Command), the characteristics of the commander and staff, how operations are controlled and the operations process.
-- Chapter 10 is concerned with sustainment of land operations, its philosophy and principles and how it is planned and executed.

ADP Land Operations continues the evolution of modern land forces capstone doctrine, from British Military Doctrine (1989) and its associated five volumes of ADPs, to ADP Land Operations (2005) and ADP Operations (2010).


Click here for the full report (218 PDF pages) on the UK Government website.

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