Naval War College Review

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Rules of Engagement


J. Ashley Roach


There is a very real need for greater knowledge ofRnles of Engagement on the part of strategy and policy personnel, tacticians and operators. and even by our civilian leaders. At present these rnles are rarely, if ever, exercised and too few planners and commanders seek contingent approval for additional or relaxed rules. Particularly telling is the fact that the requirement for an annual compiling and sending to JCS of the effective Rules of Engagement is all but ignored-and few appear to care! Why?