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Naval Doctrine Publication 1 Naval Warfare
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DOCTRINE “The only satisfactory method of ensuring unity of effort lies in due preparation of the minds of the various commanders, both chief and subordinate, before the outbreak of hostilities. Such preparation comprehends not only adequate tactical and strategic study and training, but also a common meeting ground of beliefs as to the manner of applying principles to modern war.” — LCDR Dudley W. Knox, USN “The Role of Doctrine in Naval Warfare” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1915
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28 March 1994 FOREWORD Naval doctrine is the foundation upon which our tactics, tech- niques, and procedures are built. It articulates operational concepts that govern the employment of naval forces at all levels. A product of more than 218 years of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps experience in warfighting, it incorporates the lessons of history, learned in both the flush of success and the bitterness of failure. This publication outlines the principles upon which we orga- nize, train, equip, and employ naval forces. It explains how naval forces attain both enduring and evolving national objectives, empha- sizing our participation in joint and multinational operations. It pre- sents broad guidance for the total Navy and Marine Corps team, active and reserve. Every naval professional must understand its contents. NDP 1
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INTRODUCTION The success of an organized military force is associated directly with the validity of its doctrine. Doctrine is the starting point from which we develop solutions and options to address the specific warfighting demands and challenges we face in conducting operations other than war. Doctrine is conceptual — a shared way of thinking that is not directive. To be useful, doctrine must be uniformly known and understood. With doctrine we gain standardization, without re- linquishing freedom of judgment and the commander’s need to exer- cise initiative in battle. Naval doctrine forms a bridge between the naval component of our nation’s military strategy and our tactics, techniques and pro- cedures, such as those found in our Naval Warfare Publications and Fleet Marine Force Manuals. A commander, however, cannot operate solely under the guidance of broad strategy. Neither can he make appropriate mission decisions if guided only by tactics and techniques. Doctrine guides our actions toward well-defined goals and provides the basis for mutual understanding within and among the Services and the national policymakers. It ensures our familiarity and effi- ciency in the execution of procedures and tactics. Naval Doctrine Publication (NDP) 1, Naval Warfare , pro- vides a framework for detailed Navy and Marine Corps doctrine. It describes the character and employment of our naval forces, high- lighting the distinctiveness of warfare in the maritime environment. Its concepts apply to all who serve in or work with the Naval Services.
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