This publication provides joint doctrine and information for the planning,preparation, and execution of legal support to joint military operations.
This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff, and has been reviewed favorably by the General Counsel of theDepartment of Defense as the Chief Legal Officer of the Department. It sets forth jointdoctrine to guide the activities and performance of the Armed Forces of the United Statesin operations and provides the doctrinal basis for interagency coordination and for USmilitary involvement in multinational operations. It provides military guidance for theexercise of authority by combatant commanders and other joint force commanders (JFCs)and prescribes joint doctrine for operations and training. It provides military guidance foruse by the Armed Forces in preparing their appropriate plans. This publication is notintended to restrict the authority of the JFC in organizing the force and executing themission in a manner the JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in theaccomplishment of the overall objective.
a. Joint doctrine established in this publication applies to the commanders of combatant commands, subunified commands, joint task forces, subordinate componentsof these commands, and the Services.b. The guidance in this publication is authoritative; as such, this doctrine will befollowed except when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptional circumstancesdictate otherwise. If conflicts arise between the contents of this publication and thecontents of Service publications, this publication will take precedence unless theChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normally in coordination with the other membersof the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has provided more current and specific guidance.Commanders of forces operating as part of a multinational (alliance or coalition) military