Military taxonomy

taxonomy to describe different types of military terms for weapons, equipment, organisations, strategies and tactics

Military taxonomy is an indexing tool or record-keeping template.[1] It includes weapons, equipment, organizations, strategies, and tactics.[2]

Military taxonomy can be used to analyze field missions and other activities.[1] For example, a taxonomy of terrorism would include terms related to terrorists, terrorist groups, terrorist attacks, weapons, venues, and characteristics of terrorists and terrorist groups.[2]

A taxonomy of terms that describes types of military actions is affected by how all elements are defined and used.[3] Many military strategies can be analyzed using a taxonomy model.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fenske, Russell W. "A Taxonomy for Operations Research," Operations Research, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan.-Feb., 1971), pp. 224-234;] United Nations. "Taxonomy for Recordkeeping in Field Missions of UN Peacekeeping Operations." Archived 2008-12-16 at the Wayback Machine June 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cycorp: Structured information Archived 2011-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Downie, Richard D. "Defining integrated operations," Joint Force Quarterly (Washington, D.C.). July, 2005.
  4. Cohen, Stuart A. and Efraim Inbar. "A taxonomy of Israel's use of military force," Journal Comparative Strategy, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April 1991), pp. 121 - 138.