According to U.S. doctrine, joint targeting involves: creating specific effects to achieve the joint force commander's (JFC's) objectives or the subordinate component commander's supporting objectives. Ultimately, the Trial Chamber accepted the defense position that the apartment qualified as a lawful object of attack because General Gotovina expected Martic to be located there.202 However, the Chamber then concluded that because General Gotovina knew civilians resided in that area, the attack was inherently indiscriminate.201 This aspect of the judgment is a focal point of the pending appeal,2"4 and for good reason. Because the Trial Chamber failed to articulate its view of the military value General Gotovina anticipated when he chose to attack the building and failed to consider how disrupting Martic's ability to influence the battle would impact overall operational execution, the judgment is difficult to understand.
The Law of Operational Targeting: Viewing the LO
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