What we disagree about when we disagree about doctrine

Søren Sjøgren

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Military doctrine is a form of organisational knowledge. Scholars argue that beneath written doctrine lies a set of deeply held beliefs about war and warfare that do not change even if the written doctrine does. This article explores the relationship between written military doctrine, the underlying beliefs about doctrine that govern its interpretation and application, and ultimately how militaries operate. The analysis is based on fieldwork at a NATO division and 33 interviews with commanders and senior staff officers. It suggests a typology that can be used to understand variances in doctrine and operational differences.
TidsskriftJournal of Strategic Studies
Vol/bindLatest article
StatusUdgivet - 31 aug. 2023


  • doctrine
  • organisational culture
  • strategic culture
  • NATO
  • epistemology

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