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Original scientific paper

“Unity” – JNA’s Last Organizational Framework

Davor Marijan

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APA 6th Edition
Marijan, D. (2003). Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA. Polemos, VI (11-12), 11-47. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Marijan, Davor. "Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA." Polemos, vol. VI, no. 11-12, 2003, pp. 11-47. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Marijan, Davor. "Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA." Polemos VI, no. 11-12 (2003): 11-47.
Marijan, D. (2003). 'Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA', Polemos, VI(11-12), pp. 11-47. Available at: (Accessed 18 June 2021)
Marijan D. Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA. Polemos [Internet]. 2003 [cited 2021 June 18];VI(11-12):11-47. Available from:
D. Marijan, "Davor Marijan: “Jedinstvo” – Posljednji ustroj JNA", Polemos, vol.VI, no. 11-12, pp. 11-47, 2003. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 18 June 2021]

The paper discusses the last organizational framework of the Yugoslav People’s Army (Jugoslavenska narodna armija, JNA), codename “Unity”, from 1987-1990. Different from earlier frameworks, “Unity” was modelled much after real territorial divisions of the Federative Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. Its chief architect was Admiral Branko Mamula. Acting as the federal minister of defence, Mamula succeded in downplaying the Universal People’s Defence and Social Self-defence conception, in marginalizing the participation of republics in the defence system, and put the Territorial Defence under control of JNA. He acheived a degree of centralization that was in place prior to the 1960s. The paper gives basic data on the order of battle, system of command and control and the doctrine of “battle in space”. Conclusion is that the “Unity” initially represented the basis for keeping Yugoslavia by force, to be later changed into an attempt for the realization of the Greater Serbia project.

Yugoslavia; Yugoslav People’s Army; armed force; military doctrine

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