The successful planning of military operations requires clearly understood and widely accepted doctrine. It is especially important for joint operations that will be conducted by multinational forces.
Allied Joint Publication (AJP)-5 is intended primarily for use by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces and for NATO led operations.
This doctrine is also available for operations conducted by a coalition of NATO members and partner nations. AJP-5 is aimed primarily at those engaged in operational level planning, specifically commanders and staffs employed in joint force command headquarters and component command headquarters. It describes the fundamental aspects of planning joint operations at the operational level.