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operational theme

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-0) An operational theme describes the character of the predominant major operation within a land force commander's area of operations. The operational theme also provide a framework for categorizing the various types of operations described in joint doctrine. The operational theme helps convey the nature of the major operation to the force to facilitate common understanding of how the commander broadly intends to operate. The current themes are: Peacetime military engagement, Limited intervention, Peace operations, Irregular warfare, Major combat operations.

Broader Terms:

Commander’s visualization
Full spectrum operations

Narrower Terms:

end state
Irregular Warfare
lethal action
Limited intervention
Major Combat Operation
major operation
nonlethal action
peace operation
Peacetime military engagement

Related Terms:

decisive operation
fog of war
major regional conflict
peace operation
shaping operation
Stability operation
UN operation

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