The Centre for Doctrine Synthesization and Development (CDSD) holds the responsibility for developing the doctrine of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF). Situated at the Ministry of Defence/UPDF General Headquarters on Mbuya Hill in Kampala, it operates under the leadership of a senior officer holding the rank of Major General, who holds the title of Commander. The centre comprises a dedicated team of full-time staff, consisting of both civilian personnel and active UPDF personnel, as well as retired personnel contributing their expertise and experience.
Meaning of Doctrine
According to Gen YK Museveni, doctrine is a set of beliefs held to be true by a given body, representing the best way to approach certain matters. In the military context, doctrine provides a structured framework for planning and executing decisions and actions during military operations. It offers guidance for training and preparing the armed forces, positioning and deploying them on the battlefield, and understanding the objectives, reasons, and methods to be employed. While descriptive in nature, military doctrine does not dictate specific actions; instead, it grants flexibility to field commanders to adapt tactics and strategies based on the situation. Serving as a guide to action, it establishes a common reference framework across the military, succinctly expressing how military forces contribute to campaigns, battles, and engagements.
Mission of CDSD
To enhance research and doctrine development in order to contribute to the generation and consolidation of UPDF capabilities