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Introduction to NATO's Operations Planning Process

Conducted by JPOD


This introductory level course provides familiarity with the basic tools and concepts of the allied Command Operations (ACO) Comprehensive Planning Directive (COPD). The COPD provides the procedures and responsibilities governing the preparation, approval, assessment, implementation and review of operations planning activities at the strategic and operational levels of command within the NATO Command Structure.


Level of Effort: 4 Hours
Language: English 2222 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: N/A
ETOC Code: N/A

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Learning Objectives

Course Introduction: Introduction to the course topic

Module 1: Introduction: This module provides an overview and gives background information on:
- NATO Strategic Concept
- NATO Crisis Management Process
- NATO Operations Planning System
- Joint Operations in Changing Conflict Environments
- NATO's Contribution to a Comprehensive Approach
- Commander and his Staff

Module 2: Situationjal Awareness and Knowledge Development: This module introduces to knowledge development and operational art and design

Module 3: Strategic Level:: This module introduces to the strategic level

Module 4: Operational Level: This module introduces to the operational level planning and to TOPFAS operational planning.

Module 5: Operations Assessment: This module introdcues to the operations assessment

Course Participants

Any interested NATO School Students.

Language Proficiency: English 2222 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-1 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-10


This course aims to give an introduction to the comprehensive operations planning directive. It provides an overview on the different stages of comprehensice operations planning.

Further Information

This self-paced course is available on the NSO eLearning Platform.

Students selected for NSO resident or distributed learning courses via the allocation process will receive NSO eLearning Platform registration instructions sent to their official email address.

Those individuals not registered for an NSO resident or distributed learning course may find this self-paced course on NATO JADL. Individual registration is required.