The Law of War is defined as that part of international law that governs the conduct of armed hostilities. Included in this lesson are the principles underlying the Law of War, as well as classification of persons that may be found on the battlefield. The Law of War is often referred to as the law of armed conflict (LOAC). The two terms are interchangeable. The Rules of Engagement (ROE) are those directives that delineate the circumstances and limitations under which United States (US) forces will initiate and/or continue combat engagement.
The importance of understanding the Law of War in the current operational environment cannot be overstressed. All we need to do is look at one of the several cases where questionable actions have been publicly showcased to understand its importance. It is imperative that we as leaders not only know what the Law of War is, but we also have the ability to conceptualize these principles and train our Marines to the same standards.
In This Lesson
Discussed here will be the Law of War, ROE, training our Marines, and the impact effectively conveying the tenets and principles of the Law of War and ROE can have on a unit.
|Evolution of the Law of War||4|
|Principles of the Law of War||4|
|Classifications of Persons||6|
|Weapons and the Law of War||8|
|Tactics and the Law of War||10|
|Implications and Training Marines||10|
|Rules of Engagement||13|
|Purposes of Rules of Engagement||13|
|Rules of Engagement and National Security||14|
|Standing Rules of Engagement for US Forces||15|
|Supplemental Rules of Engagement Card||24|
|Glossary of Terms and Acronyms||27|