Department of Defense
September 16, 2009
SUBJECT: Stability Operations
References: See Enclosure 1
1. PURPOSE. This Instruction:
a. Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 3000.05 (Reference (a)) as a DoD Instruction (DoDI) in
accordance with the authority in DoDD 5111.1 (Reference (b)) and Deputy Secretary of Defense
Memorandum (Reference (c)).
b. Updates policy and assigns responsibilities for the identification and development of DoD
capabilities to support stability operations.
c. Supports DoDD 5100.1 (Reference (d)) and amplifies DoDD 3000.07 (Reference (e)) as
they pertain to stability operations capabilities development.
2. APPLICABILITY. This Instruction applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of
the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the
Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD
Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the Department of Defense (hereafter
referred to collectively as the “DoD Components”).
3. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this Instruction, stability operations is defined as an
overarching term encompassing various military missions, tasks, and activities conducted outside
the United States in coordination with other instruments of national power to maintain or
reestablish a safe and secure environment, provide essential governmental services, emergency
infrastructure reconstruction, and humanitarian relief.
4. POLICY. It is DoD policy that:
DoDI 3000.05, September 16, 2009
a. Stability operations are a core U.S. military mission that the Department of Defense shall
be prepared to conduct with proficiency equivalent to combat operations. The Department of
Defense shall be prepared to:
(1) Conduct stability operations activities throughout all phases of conflict and across the
range of military operations, including in combat and non