The aim of this course is to prepare students to contribute to NATO’s operations planning process, either as an operational-level or functional-area planner, while serving within a joint operational-level headquarters, applying the principles of the Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD).
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Understand NATO's OPP System:
Given references, students will be able to describe the main characteristics of NATO’s operations planning system in accordance with MC 133/4.
Understand NATO's OPP Strategic Environment:
Following initial notice of an international crisis, students will be able to appraise the nature of the situation in order to contribute to the appreciation of the strategic environment in accordance with NATO’s comprehensive approach.
Demonstrate the Principles of Operational Art within the COPD:
Applying the principles of operational art, students will be able to analyse a crisis in order to define the operational-level problem and determine the necessary operational conditions to be achieved.
Prepare and Analyze Courses of Action:
Given references, students will be able to design and compare multiple courses of action, justifying a final recommendation in accordance with commander’s guidance.
Describe Remaining Phases of NOPP:
Given references, students will be able to describe the main characteristics of phases 4-6 of NATO’s operations planning process.
Military officers (OF-3 through OF-5), who are assigned to NATO and Partner positions that involve the planning of combined joint operations.
||English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
||NCO: Not eligible
Officer: OF-3 thru OF-5
Under the leadership of the lead facilitator and supported by a group of component liaison officers and functional area subject matter experts, this demanding and dynamic two-week course simulates a joint operational-level planning group. The curriculum is comprised of multiple short lectures, followed by practical exercises in sub-syndicates and back-briefs in syndicates (25% - 75%). Both weeks culminate in formal briefs to a senior mentor who performs the role of a joint commander.
- This is a two week course
- 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.