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Unified Action Handbooks

The Unified Action Handbook Series are a set of four handbooks developed to assist the joint force commander design, plan, and execute a whole-of-government approach. Included with the series is an overview J7/J9 Pamphlet, Executive Summary of the Unified Action Handbook Series, that describes the handbooks, suggests how they should be used, and identifies the significant interrelationships among them. The following is a short summary of each handbook:

Book One: Military Support to Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure
This handbook defines services essential to sustain human life during stability operations (water, sanitation, transportation, medical, etc.), the infrastructure needed to deliver such services, and potential joint force responsibilities.

Book Two: Military Support to Governance, Elections, and Media
The last comprehensive guide to military governance was written in 1943. Combatant commanders have directed joint forces to rebuild media, support election preparations, and provide advisors to embryonic executive ministries and legislative committees in recent and current operations. This handbook provides pre-doctrinal guidance for joint force support to good governance, political competition, and support to media.

Book Three: Military Support to Economic Stabilization
This handbook outlines joint force support to economic development. It addresses conducting a comprehensive economic assessment, employment and business generation, trade, agriculture, financial sector development and regulation, and legal transformation.

Book Four: Military Support to Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform
This handbook defines the "Rule of Law;" explains the interrelationship between rule of law, governance, and security; and provides a template to analyze the rule of law foundation essential to successful stability operations.

July 5, 2016
Book One: Military Support to Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure
Book One: Military Support to Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure

The handbook outlines joint force roles and responsibilities in the Interagency Management System (IMS) and existing interagency coordination authorities and mechanisms it aligns with the USG Planning Framework for Reconstruction, Stabilization, and Conflict Transformation. It will also align with the IMS Guide under development at the Department of States’ Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

July 5, 2016
Book Two: Military Support to Governance, Elections, and Media
Book Two: Military Support to Governance, Elections, and Media

The last comprehensive guide to military governance was written in 1943. Combatant commanders have directed joint forces to rebuild media, support election preparations, and provide advisors to embryonic executive ministries and legislative committees in recent and current operations. This handbook provides pre-doctrinal guidance for joint force support to good governance, political competition, and support to media.

July 5, 2016
Book Three: Military Support to Economic Stabilization
Book Three: Military Support to Economic Stabilization

This handbook outlines joint force support to economic development. It addresses conducting a comprehensive economic assessment, employment and business generation, trade, agriculture, financial sector development and regulation, and legal transformation.

July 5, 2016
Book Four: Military Support to Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform
Book Four: Military Support to Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform

This handbook defines the "Rule of Law;" explains the interrelationship between rule of law, governance, and security; and provides a template to analyze the rule of law foundation essential to successful stability operations.