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Military doctrine comprises fundamental principles which armed forces use to direct their actions. Over the past few years, the need for an integrated defence doctrine has increased. In its final report in April 2002, for example, the advisory committee on the introduction of a joint high commander stated that joint operations were fast becoming the norm and that close, internal cooperation in such operations was so vital that an overarching doctrine was required. The Netherlands Defence Doctrine (NDD) serves as a ‘doctrinal basis ’ from which various doctrine publications, for instance for the individual Services, will be drawn and developed. In order to meet this recognised need, it was proposed that doctrine be developed for all the main tasks of the Defence Ministry, using the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) doctrine as a basis. This NDD fills the gap between Service-specific doctrine and defence policy. The usual procedure is that Service doctrine is drawn from national defence doctrine. The situation in the Netherlands has until now been different. There was no defence doctrine, but the Services had nonetheless developed their own doctrine. Because of this situation, a significant part of the contents of the NDD has been taken from the existing doctrine publications of the various Services, underpinned by a strategic foundation from current policy documents from the Ministry of Defence. The distinction between the policy documents and the various doctrine publications lies particularly in the fact that the policy documents determine the ambitions and the capabilities of the armed forces and the doctrine publications provide guidance for the conduct of military operations

Year: 2013
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