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NATO Comprehensive Operations Planning Course

Conducted by JPOD


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).


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Restricted
Area: JPL - Operational Planning, Assessment and AltA
Section: OP - Operational Planning
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Apply
ePrime No.: ACT.436
ETOC Code: JPL-OP-3555

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
S5-54-A-17 06 - 17 Mar 17
S5-54-B-17 05 - 16 Jun 17 Selection
S5-54-E-17 04 - 15 Sep 17 Selection
S5-54-C-17 25 Sep 17 - 06 Oct 17 Selection
S5-54-D-17 27 Nov 17 - 08 Dec 17 Selection

If no seats are available, you may have your agency POC send a seat waiting list request. Please refer to the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

Learning Objectives

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.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-3 through OF-5), who are assigned to NATO and Partner positions that involve the planning of combined joint operations.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: 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.

Further Information

- 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.