Prepare NATO and partner officers to serve within a strategic level headquarters as operations planners, applying the Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD) within the framework of a Comprehensive Approach.
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NATO Operations Planning Process (OPP):
Describe the main characteristics of NATO’s Operations Planning Process (OPP) in accordance with the NATO Crisis Response System (NCRS) manual.
Strategic Level Problem Analysis:
Apply the principles of operational art to understand the strategic level problem and the conditions to be achieved.
Instruments of Power:
Identify the potential contribution to crisis resolution that military, political, economic and civil instruments of power (comprehensive approach).
Create and Evaluate Courses of Action (COA):
Design and compare multiple courses of action in order to justify a final recommendation to the NATO political/military level
Interactions with the Operational Level of Command:
Describe the main characteristics of phase 4 of the operations planning process and the applicable interactions with the operational level of command.
OF-3 to OF-5 or civilian equivalent working primarily in the Strategic NATO Headquarters or more generally in an assignment related to strategic level planning.
||English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
||NCO: Not eligible
Officer: OF-3 thru OF-5
This one week course is comprised of modules which complement each other in the understanding of NATO’s strategic planning environment. Within each module, discrete subject topics may vary depending on NATO guidance. Each lecture ends with an interactive Q & A to enable students to develop and consolidate their understanding of the subject topic. Syndicate work and panel discussions are used to enable in-depth discussions, develop assessment techniques and generate formal back briefs for subsequent syndicate discussion. Course material (lecture notes) will be available through the NSO eLearning Platform on completion for reference.
Under the leadership of the lead instructor and supported by a group of component planners and subject matter experts, this demanding and dynamic course simulates a joint strategic-level planning group. The curriculum is comprised of multiple short lectures, followed by practical exercises in planning teams and back-briefs within planning teams (25% - 75%). All phases of the planning process culminate in formal briefs to the 4* Lead Senior Mentor. This course requires approval by the OPR and Course Director for participation. Please submit a Joining report if interested. If approved, you will be contacted via a confirmation letter.