Guidance

Understanding (JDP 04)

Guidance for informed decision making and should be read by military and civilian decision makers at all levels across defence.

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Understanding is indispensible to informed decision making not only within the Ministry of Defence, but also across government to ensure the effective application of all elements of national power in support of UK national security policy. Understanding is, therefore, a non-discretionary element of decision making.

Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 04 is a capstone joint publication in support of British defence doctrine and ‘Campaigning (JDP 01)’ that aims to develop the commander’s approach to understanding, whether as an individual, as part of a team or in a coalition.

Although aimed at the strategic level leadership, this publication should be read by military and civilian decision makers at all levels across defence.

Chapter 1 explains understanding in the national defence context, while Chapter 2 explains why understanding is important to the MOD. Chapters 3 and 4 explain how to develop understanding and its implications.