This publication provides fundamentalprinciples and doctrine for the conduct of aerial delivery and airland deliveryoperations throughout the range of militaryoperations.
This publication has been preparedunder the direction of the Chairmanof the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It setsforth doctrine and selected tactics,techniques, and procedures (JTTP)to govern the joint activities andperformance of the Armed Forces of the United States in joint operationsas well as the doctrinal basis for USmilitary involvement in multinationaland interagency operations. Itprovides military guidance for theexercise of authority by combatantcommanders and other joint forcecommanders and prescribes doctrineand selected tactics, techniques, andprocedures for joint operations andtraining. It provides military guidancefor use by the Armed Forces inpreparing their appropriate plans. Itis not the intent of this publication torestrict the authority of the joint forcecommander (JFC) from organizing theforce and executing the mission in amanner the JFC deems most appropriateto ensure unity of effort in theaccomplishment of the overall mission.For the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
a.Doctrine and selected tactics,techniques, and procedures and guidanceestablished in this publication apply to thecommanders of combatant commands,subunified commands, joint task forces, andsubordinate components of thesecommands. These principles and guidancealso may apply when significant forces of one Service are attached to forces of anotherService or when significant forces of oneService support forces of another Service.b.The guidance in this publication isauthoritative; as such, this doctrine andselected tactics, techniques, and procedureswill be followed except when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptionalcircumstances dictate otherwise. If conflictsarise between the contents of thispublication and the contents of Servicepublications, this publication will takeprecedence for the activities of joint forcesunless the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normally in coordination with theother members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,has provided more current and specificguidance. Commanders of forces operatingas part of a multinational (alliance orcoalition) military command should followmultinational doctrine and guidance ratifiedby the United States. For doctrine andprocedures not ratified by the United States,commanders should evaluate and follow themultinational command’s doctrine andprocedures, where applicable.WALTER KROSSLieutenant General, USAFDirector, Joint Staff