Tactical implementation of rules of engagement in a multinational force reality
Jody M. Prescott
U.S. military operations : law, policy, and practice
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
This chapter provides a theoretical bridge between the development of rules of engagement (ROE) for various missions and the operational and tactical implementation of these vital use-of- force control measures. Because this implementation process will often occur in the context of a multinational mission, the chapter addresses some of the unique challenges associated with implementation, specifically focusing on the NATO ROE model. The chapter explains how the same influences that drive ROE development in U.S. practice also influence NATO and multinational ROE, but then explains the added complexity of deconfliction among the various troop-contributing nations. The chapter then shifts to explaining how ROE are implemented through training and the mission planning and execution process. Ultimately, the chapter provides insight into how national differences are mitigated through a comprehensive and forward- thinking process that maximizes common ground and tailors missions to individual national capacities.