LWD 3-8-6: Civil-Military Cooperation

By Army Knowledge Centre February 13, 2019


LWD 3-8-6 is the Australian Army's doctrine on Civil–Military Cooperation. It can be found at the following link.

The aim of this publication is to provide guidance on the responsibilities, procedures and planning considerations for the achievement of civil-military cooperation effects.

This publication is the functional tactical doctrine and procedures written to support commander’s integration of civil-military cooperation effects into combat brigade, minor joint task force, battle group or combat team operations.

This publication is for use by Australian Defence Force commanders, staff and senior non-commissioned officers engaged in civil-military cooperation training, as well as planning civil-military cooperation inform and influence actions as part of an operation or a tactical task. It is aimed at the tactical level for brigade or minor joint task force down to combat team or patrol commanders. It should be used as a reference when participating in decision making processes where population protection is required, as well as when civil-military cooperation inform and influence actions are directed toward target audiences within the civil space.

Contact: janine.franks [at] (Capstone Doctrine)

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I am reaching out to you for three reasons. First, as Vice-President of the Civil Affairs Association, to establish a working relationship between the Association and the ACMC and other civil-military directorates for purposes of joining our discussions, events, etc., to include the Eunomia Journal and our annual Civil Affairs Symposium, which is conducted virtually since the COVID pandemic. We would welcome an article explaining Australian approaches to civil-military cooperation in the "gray zone" of competition and how that compares to emerging U.S. and NATO approaches. Second, I am preparing a chapter for on upcoming book on civil-military operations that explains to Americans the various civil-military doctrines and operational practices of allied and partner nations. Any chance I could get copies of ADDP 3-11 and LWD 3-8-6? Third, I am also a co-author of the Peace Operations Training Institute's course handbook on "Civil-Military Coordination in Peace Operations" and would gladly receive any input you may have on a revision of the course we are planning for later this year. Most happy to discuss over Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Many thanks. Regards, CJH

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