Central African Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 18. Assessment of the Effects of Attacks
The Central African Republic’s Instructor’s Manual (1999) states in Volume 3 (Instruction for non-commissioned officers studying for the level 1 and 2 certificates and for future officers of the criminal police):
A military commander who has been assigned a mission will have to take into consideration a number of elements when taking decisions. He will need intelligence about anything that could help him accomplish the mission. He then has to consider any precautions that will have to be taken to comply with the law. Lastly, he will have to analyse the prevailing tactical situation.
Also in Volume 3, the manual further states:
When analysing the tactical situation military commanders must consider all the specific prevailing circumstances, including military and humanitarian considerations. Military commanders must also consider any precautionary measures relative to the dangers to which a military action may expose civilian persons and objects.
Before taking his final decision a military commander has to assess the possible outcomes of his evaluation.
In doing so he has to take into account:
- the constraints resulting from his mission, in particular any military necessity that may arise;
- the precautions required under the law of war;
- the expected cost of the proposed action (likely losses among his own men, civilian losses, material damages).