This publication incorporates joint andService doctrine into a single-sourcepublication and provides the guidance andprocedures necessary to plan, coordinate, andconduct a timely and tailored joint combatsearch and rescue (CSAR) response across therange of military operations.
This publication has been prepared underthe direction of the Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff. It sets forth doctrine to governthe joint activities and performance of theArmed Forces of the United States in jointoperations as well as the doctrinal basis forUS military involvement in multinational andinteragency operations. It provides militaryguidance for the exercise of authority bycombatant commanders and other joint forcecommanders and prescribes doctrine for jointoperations and training. It provides militaryguidance for use by the Armed Forces inpreparing their appropriate plans. It isnot the intent of this publication to restrictthe authority of the joint force commander(JFC) from organizing the force andexecuting the mission in a manner the JFCdeems most appropriate to ensure unityof effort in the accomplishment of theoverall mission.For the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
a.Doctrine and guidance established in thispublication apply to the commanders of combatant commands, subunified commands, joint task forces, and subordinate componentsof these commands. These principles andguidance also may apply when significantforces of one Service are attached to forces of another Service or when significant forces of one Service support forces of another Service.b.The guidance in this publication isauthoritative; as such, this doctrine will befollowed except when, in the judgment of thecommander, exceptional circumstancesdictate otherwise. If conflicts arise betweenthe contents of this publication and thecontents of Service publications, thispublication will take precedence for theactivities of joint forces unless the Chairmanof the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normally incoordination with the other members of theJoint Chiefs of Staff, has provided morecurrent and specific guidance. Commandersof forces operating as part of a multinational(alliance or coalition) military commandshould follow multinational doctrine andprocedures ratified by the United States. Fordoctrine and procedures not ratified by theUnited States, commanders should evaluateand follow the multinational command’sdoctrine and procedures, where applicable.WALTER KROSSLieutenant General, USAFDirector, Joint Staff