"Humans are complex, social creatures. Attempting to analyze them to determine if we should engage them is a combination of art and science and often depends upon the purpose for that engagement and the paradigms from which we perceive them. The Army engages human networks through the range of military operations in order to achieve U.S. objectives. Network engagement provides staff orientation for unity of effort. 'Unity of effort' is coordination, and cooperation toward common objectives, even if the participants are not necessarily part of the same command or organization, which is the product of successful unified action. (JP 1) It is a different way of approaching challenges, but it is not separate from the Army operations process. Network engagement supports the overarching framework provided by mission command to guide the tailored application of current doctrinal processes, such as the Army design methodology, the military decisionmaking process (MDMP) and intelligence preparation of the battlefield/battlespace, targeting, or assessment. Network engagement helps to bind the staff together and introduces them to the networks that exist within their area of operation. As described in this publication, network engagement, can and should be applied in any operational environment (OE) and across the spectrum of conflict. Operations in the future will be more complex. We will have to work together to plan operations that meet the challenges and opportunities we will face. The last decade of war has shown us that our opponents are often difficult to detect and identify, and seek to blend into civilian populations. We have also learned that long-term solutions for peace and stability in contested regions often come from key allies originating from this same population."
ATP 5-0.6; Army Techniques Publication 5-0.6
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