DODI 5400.14 (1996) Procecures for Joint Public Affairs Operations

DODI 5400.14 (1996) Procecures for Joint Public Affairs Operations

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Department of Defense INSTRUCTION NUMBER 5400.14 January 22, 1996 ATSD(PA) SUBJECT: Procedures for Joint Public Affairs Operations References: (a) DoD Directive 5400.13 , "Joint Public Affairs Operations," January 9, 1996 (b) DoD Directive 5122.5 , "Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs," December 2, 1993 (c) Joint Pub 5-03.2, "Joint Operations Planning and Execution System," Vol. II (Planning and Execution Formats and Guidance), March 1992 (d) DoD Instruction 5040.4, "Joint Combat Camera (COMCAM) Operations," March 5, 1990 (e) through (j), see enclosure E1. 1. PURPOSE This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures under reference (a) for the conduct of public affairs programs in support of joint, combined, and unilateral military operations. 2. APPLICABILITY This Instruction applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (IG, DoD), the Defense Agencies, and the DoD Field Activities (hereafter referred to collectively as "the DoD Components"). The term "Military Departments," as used herein, refers to the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard when it is operating as a military service in the Navy. 1
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3. DEFINITIONS Terms used in this Instruction are defined in enclosure E2. 4. POLICY It is DoD policy that: 4.1. Under reference (a), commanders and heads of the DoD Components involved in joint, combined, and unilateral military operations shall plan for, resource, and conduct public affairs activities to support such missions. 4.2. The combatant commanders, in accordance with the DoD Principles of Information, shall grant the news media, both civilian and military, access to unclassified joint, combined, and unilateral operations, consistent with operations security and prevailing public affairs guidance (PAG). Concern over the personal safety of journalists shall not be a factor in deciding the degree of access. The DoD Principles of Information and the DoD Principles for News Media Coverage of DoD Operations are contained in enclosures E3. and E4., respectively, of this Instruction. 5. RESPONSIBILITIES 5.1. The Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs shall: 5.1.1. Retain primary responsibility for the consistent implementation of DoD information policy in DoD Directive 5400.13 (reference (a)) and in DoD Directive 5122.5 (reference (b)). 5.1.2. Determine who shall serve as the initial source of information about joint, combined, and unilateral operations and decide whether to delegate public affairs release authority to combatant command level. 5.1.3. Review, coordinate, approve, and disseminate PAG, public affairs plans, and public affairs annexes written under Joint Pub 5-03.2 (reference (c)).
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