The Navy is rewriting its guiding doctrine publication for the first time in 50 years. It will prepare tomorrow’s combat commanders to make good and quick decisions involving tactical or strategic factors.
The U.S. Navy does not have a written doctrine that guides the employment of its numbered and theater forces at the operational level of war. Tactical doctrinal publications cannot fill this gap. This situation adversely affects the Navy's ability to incorporate its new and emerging warfighting concepts as part of joint doctrine. It also weakens the Navy's influence in writing joint doctrine, which, in turn, affects the Navy's ability to operate as part of a joint or combined force.