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The Joint Chiefs of Staff Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations
The Doctrine for
Joint Nuclear Operations (Joint Pub 3-12) provides the military with authoritative
overall guidance for the planning and operation of nuclear forces. Since
the early 1990s the doctrine has been published in two documents:
Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations (Joint Pub 3-12) and Doctrine for
Joint Theater Nuclear Operations (Joint Pub 3-12.1).
Although detailed guidance for nuclear planning does not come from
either of these documents, but from Presidential Directives, the
Nuclear Weapons Employment Policy (NUWEP), the
Capabilities Plan nuclear supplement (CJCSI 3110.04E), and the National
Military Strategy Annex B (Nuclear), the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear
Operations builds on these documents in formulating U.S. official nuclear doctrine.
As such, it's importance lies not so much in its dictation of new nuclear doctrine as in
illustrating what it has become.
published by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS),
U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
is the lead agent for all these documents. Joint Pub 3-12 is a "living" doctrine
that has evolved over the years. Four versions of Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations have been
published by the JCS since 1993: