Paradigm Change

Operational Art and the Information Joint Function

Published in: Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ), Number 89 (2nd Quarter 2018)

Posted on RAND.org on May 02, 2018

by Scott K. Thomson, Christopher Paul

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In July 2017, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a change to Joint Publication (JP) 1, Doctrine for the Armed Forces of the United States, introducing information as a new and seventh joint function. The need for this addition to the joint functions has become increasingly obvious to military leaders over time. It reveals itself in the difficulty of addressing gray zone challenges. During a recent effort by the Joint Staff to update Joint Publication (JP) 3-13, Information Operations, leaders recognized that the joint force was already attempting to use information as a function and that the time to institutionalize information as a function was therefore overdue.

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