Journal of the australian naval


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Let it be understood from the outset that joint doctrine is designed to supplement, not supplant, single Service doctrine. There will obviously be a large number of occasions, indeed a majority of occasions, when single Service operations produce the most efficient operational solution. However, in some contingencies joint techniques can adapt the three Services for co-ordinated action whereby one Service can provide strength where another is weaker, and vice versa. Such co-ordinated operations force the enemy into a disproportionate response situation in which he is faced with operations in a multi-threat environment. Joint operations enhance the cost effectiveness and standardization of equipments and procedures as well as substantially increasing Australia's deterrent capability and credibility.

Joint doctrine incorporates the body of information and principles which specify procedures for co-operation between the Services. Co-operation and familiarity develop mutual confidence and cohesion at all operational levels. Yet it can be argued that the joint operational 'teamwork multiplier' in Australia is characterized by weak development, low commitment and inadequate implementation

The Author

Lieutenant Alan Hinge joined the RAN in 1979 and is a physics graduate of the Australian National University. He recently completed a study entitled Minewarfare in Australia's First Line of Defence' as a Defence Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and is presently a student at RAN Staff College

November '86. Journal ot the Australian Naval Instnute Page 45

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