Understanding and Working with the Military

This thematic area is targeted primarily at UK civil servants and SU civilian advisers who work, or are preparing to work, with the UK military (although much will also be relevant to other partner nations and alliances). It is aimed at helping them understand how they can better influence the militaries they work with in pursuit of wider HMG strategic objectives. Civil Military Coordination and Cooperation are already well-established disciplines taught to military personnel across the UK, NATO, the UN, and beyond. But little is provided to orientate civilians who work with the military. These resources are therefore aimed at contributing to reducing this gap.

pdf A Few Thoughts on the Military Contribution to Stabilisation

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A Few Thoughts on Military Contribution to Stabilisation.pdf

Title: A Few Thoughts on the Military Contribution to Stabilisation
Institution: Unofficial 
Publication date: 2017
Keywords: CivMil, Integrated Approach, Stability, Stabilisation

Relevance / Key Issues:
Not formal doctrine, but a short unpublished overview of the key military implications of the UK Approach to Stabilisation, provided by the Stabilisation Unit Liaison Officer to the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

default Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence; an analytical inventory of peacekeeping practice

Title: Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence; an analytical inventory of peacekeeping practice  
Institution: UN (UNDPKO & UNIFEM)
Publication date: 2010
Keywords: Gender, Women Peace and Security

Relevance / Key Issues:
This publication provides practical examples of tasks, tactics and checklists that can be used by military peacekeepers to maximise their response to conflict related sexual violence. It captures innovative strategies by peacekeepers with the aim of moving from best intentions to best practice. From firewood patrols in Darfur, to market escorts, night patrols and early-warning systems in DRC, or rehabilitating civilian infrastructure in Haiti, this document captures direct and indirect efforts to combat sexual violence at the tactical level, as well as a checklist of emerging elements for an effective response at the strategic level. It provides – for the first time – a knowledge base to help military peacekeepers and planners operationalize their obligations to prevent sexual violence and improve women’s security, as part of broader efforts to safeguard civilians from the effects of hostilities.

default Deployee Guide: working in a military HQ (exercises and operations)

Title: Deployee Guide: working in a military HQ (exercises and operations)
Publication Date: 2016
Institution: Stabilisation Unit
Keywords: CivMil, Integrated Approach

Relevance / Key Issues:
This SU guide provides practical advice for civilian staff deployed to a military headquarters (HQ) for either operations or exercises. These may range from full scale operational HQs (UK, NATO, etc.) to replicated HQs formed as part of military education and training courses (e.g, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom). The Guide is aimed primarily at the SU’s civilian advisers and HMG civil servants, and provides an introduction to how a HQ works, its key personalities, and the management and planning processes that will be encountered. 

 

default Gender Makes Sense; a way to improve your mission

Title: Gender Makes Sense; a way to improve your mission
Institution: Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE)
Publication date: 2013
Keywords: Gender, Women Peace and Security

Relevance / Key Issues:
This publication provides an understanding of what gender and gender perspective is, demonstrates why this is a key component in achieving sustained success of military operations), and highlights the relationship between Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) and a gender perspective in military operations. For quick reference practical examples, look in particular at Chapters 5 and Chapter 6. 

 

pdf Gender, Sexual Violence and Exploitation on Operations

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Gender_ Sexual Violence Exploitation on Operations 2016.pdf

Title: Gender, Sexual Violence and Exploitation on Operations 
Institution: British Army
Publication date: 2016

Relevance / Key Issues:
Short, accessible crib sheet of key gender related questions and issues for soldiers to remember when deploying on operations to improve their response to sexual violence and exploitation.

 

default Joint Doctrine Publication 05. Shaping a stable world: the military contribution

Title: Joint Doctrine Publication 05.  Shaping a stable world: the military contribution 
Publication Date: March 2016
Institution: The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC)
Keywords: CivMil, Integrated Approach, Stability, Stabilisation

Relevance / Key Issues:
This official UK military doctrine provides context and guidance on how, and why, the military instrument of power can be used in support of national strategies for addressing instability, crisis and conflict overseas. It outlines how the UK seeks to help shape a more stable world as part of its national strategy and examines the military role within this. The need for cross-government cooperation and understanding as part of an integrated approach is highlighted throughout.

pdf Operational Level Planning Process Aide-Memoire

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Op Level Planning Process Aide Memoire.pdf

Title: Operational Level Planning Process Aide-Memoire
Institution: Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC)
Publication date:  2015 (Crown Copyright)
Keywords: Operational Planning 

Relevance / Key Issues:
This is not endorsed doctrine, but rather a very useful practical overview of the operational level planning process used by UK and NATO forces, produced internally by JSCSC to assist students attending the Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses. It draws from Allied Joint Publication 5, ‘Allied joint doctrine for operational level planning’, but also draws on elements of Allied Command Operations Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD), UK Joint Operations Doctrine (JDP 01) and Allied Rapid Reaction Corps guidance.  

 

default UK's International Defence Engagement Strategy

Title: UK’s International Defence Engagement Strategy 
Publication Date: 2017
Institution: MoD and FCO
Keywords: CivMil, Integrated Approach, Stability, Stabilisation

Relevance / Key Issues:
Defence Engagement is the means by which we use our Defence assets and activities, short of combat operations, to prevent conflict, build stability and gain influence. It allows the military to play a part in shaping the global environment, promote the rules-based international order and prevent instability in support of the UK’s security and prosperity. In most parts of the world defence engagement often works alongside other government activities, particularly broader security, diplomacy and development.

 

pdf UN CMCoord Field Handbook

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CMCoord Field Handbook 1.0.pdf

Title: UN-CMCoord Field Handbook
Institution: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) 
Publication date:  2015
Keywords: Civil Military, Humanitarian 

Relevance / Key Issues:
This UN-Civil Military Coordination (CMCoord) Field Handbook is designed as a guide for (civilian) CMCoord Officers and focal points in natural disasters and complex emergencies. It promotes common understanding and a coherent approach between civilian and military actors in a changing institutional framework and operational environment.

‘UN-CMCoord’ is the essential dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors in humanitarian emergencies that is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles, avoid competition, minimize inconsistency and, when appropriate, pursue common goals. Basic strategies range from cooperation to co-existence. Coordination is a shared responsibility facilitated by liaison and common training. 

pdf Understanding and Working with the Military; essential resources for civilians

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Understanding and Working with the Military - Essential Resources for Civilians.pdf

Title: Understanding and Working with the Military; essential resources for civilians
Publication date: June 2017
Institution: Stabilisation Unit
Keywords: CivMil, Integrated Approach, Gender

Relevance / Key Issues:
This document provides links to a broader selection of resources, recommended by the Stabilisation Unit for HMG civil servants and SU Deployable Civilian Experts working with, or wanting to work with, the military. They range from SU publications and deployee guides, to key UK and NATO doctrine, to guidance from other multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental partners. Key areas explored include stability operations, operational planning processes, civil-military cooperation/coordination, gender and operational effectiveness, recommended readings to prepare for military exercises, and UK training opportunities.  

 

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