U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command announces release of new Army capstone operations manual

By Randi Stenson, Mission Command Center of Excellence

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command announced the release of the Army’s FM 3-0, Operations, at the annual Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, complementing the event theme “Building the Army of 2030.”

The revised FM 3-0 describes how the Army fights and addresses the challenges the Nation faces between now and 2030. The manual, a product of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, provides a framework for Army operations and a baseline for all future Army doctrine.

The newly updated FM 3-0 establishes multidomain operations as the Army’s operational concept, with a focus on large-scale combat operations against peer adversaries who possess the capability to contest the joint force in all domains. The new doctrine defines MDO as “the combined arms employment of joint and Army capabilities to create and exploit relative advantages that achieve objectives, defeat enemy forces, and consolidate gains on behalf of joint force commanders.”

“This update of the Army’s operational concept to multidomain operations is a result of more than four years of development,” said Brig. Gen. Jason Slider, director, Mission Command Center of Excellence. “During this time, we studied recent conflicts around the world and the ways our adversaries will most likely fight. What we learned delivered us to a point where we could codify that work into doctrine.”

To ensure readiness and increase understanding of the new operations doctrine, the Army will use mobile training teams to introduce the new FM 3-0 to leaders responsible for professional military education, at the combat training centers, and in the operational force. Subject matter experts at CADD are also developing a series of training materials and presentations designed to augment MTT support to units.