Joint Chiefs on Legal Support to Military Operations

09.13.11 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

A newly updated doctrinal publication from the Joint Chiefs of Staff describes the infrastructure of legal review and support to all phases of military operations.

“It is DoD policy that members of the DoD components comply with the law of war during all armed conflicts, however such conflicts are characterized, and in all other military operations.”

“Legal advisors actively participate in the entire planning process from joint intelligence preparation of the operational environment […], to mission analysis, to course of action development and recommendation, through execution.”  See “Legal Support to Military Operations” (pdf), Joint Publication 1-04, August 17, 2011.