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DoD Directive 3000.05 STABILIZATION

Team Stabilization,

I am writing to announce the official publication of DoDD 3000.05 - Stabilization on December 13th.  This directive codifies many of the lessons learned on consolidation of military gains over the past 17 years of conflict.  It also incorporates the Stabilization Assistance Review's (SAR) definition of stabilization and identifies DoD's core responsibility during stabilization as support to USG civilian efforts primarily by providing security, maintaining basic public order, and providing for the immediate needs of the population.

This directive aligns with the National Defense Strategy's (NDS) wartime missions and assumption of risk.  It also supports implementation of both the SAR and the Irregular Warfare annex to the NDS when it gets approved. We appreciate your support implementing this important document throughout the Department which will enable DoD to convert tactical victories into strategic objectives and enable the USG to accomplish national security objectives. 

Thank you to the Services, Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, and the interagency team for their valuable feedback and coordination to improve the directive.  In addition, I would like to specifically thank Director Pat Antonietti, Kelly Uribe, COL Aaron Reisinger, COL Jason Taliaferro, Adam Mausner, and Sandy Newtown, past and present members of the SHA stabilization team, for their hard work to make DoDD 3000.05 a reality.

Best and VR, Mark

Mark Swayne

Acting DASD for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs

Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy)

DoD Directive 3000.05 STABILIZATION

Originating Component: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Effective:  December 13, 2018

Releasability: Cleared for public release. Available on the Directives Division Website at

Reissues and Cancels: DoD Instruction 3000.05, “Stability Operations,” September 12, 2009

Approved by: Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Purpose: This issuance:

•  Establishes DoD policy and assigns responsibilities for stabilization efforts.
•  Provides guidance for the planning, training, execution, and oversight of stabilization.