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The Military Decision Making Process

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Mission Receipt

Mission Analysis

COA Development

COA Analysis

COA Comparison

COA Approval

Produce Orders

Component Steps

1. Analyze higher order.
2. IPB.
-Define the battlefield.
-Describe battlefield effects.
-Evaluate the threat.
-Develop threat COAs.
3. Specified, implied & essential tasks.
4. Review available assets.
5. Determine constraints.
6. Identify critical facts & assumptions.
7. Conduct risk assessment.
8. Determine initial CCIR,PIR, EEFI, & FFIR.
9. Prepare initial recon annex.
10. Plan use of available time.
11. Write the restated mission.
12. Mission analysis briefing.
13. Restated mission approved.
14. Commander's intent.
15. Commander's guidance.
16. Issue warning order.
17. Review facts & assumptions.

1. Analyze relative cbt pwr.
2. Generate options.
-Suitable.
-Feasible.
-Acceptable.
-Distinguishable.
-Complete.
3. Array forces.
4. Develop scheme of maneuver.
-Purpose.
-Risk.
-Critical events.
-Purpose of ME.
-Purpose of SE.
-Purpose of reserve.
-Deep, close, rear.
-Responsibilities, graphics.
5. Assign headquarters.
6. Prepare COA statement & sketch.

 

1. Gather the tools.
2. List friendly forces.
3. Assumptions.
4. Critical events & DPs.
5. Evaluation criteria.
6. Select wargame method.
-Avenue.
-Belt.
-Box.
7. Select recording method.
-Narrative.
-Sketch.
-Sync matrix.
-Execution checklist.
8. Wargame.
9. Assess results.

 

 

 

1. Post criteria matrix.
2. Weight criteria.
3. Evaluate COA strengths & weaknesses.
4. Consider estimates.
Staff estimates:
1- Mission.
2- Situation & considerations
3- COA analysis.
-Requirements.
-Capabilities.
-Shortfalls.
-Recommendations.
4- Comparison.
5- Conclusions &recommendations.

 

 

 

 

1. SITUATION
a. Enemy forces.
b. Friendly forces.
c. Attachments/detach.
d. Assumptions.
2. MISSION
3. EXECUTION
Intent:
a. Concept of opns.
(1) Maneuver.
(2) Fires.
b. Tasks to mvr units.
c. Tasks to CS units.
d. Coordinating instr.
4. SERVICE SUPPORT
5. COMMAND & SIGNAL

 

 

Briefing Format

1. Mission & intent two levels up.
2. Mission, intent & concept of higher.
3. Commander's guidance.
4. IPB products.
5. Specified, implied & essential tasks.
6. Constraints.
7. Forces available.
8. Hazards and their risk.
9. Recommended initial CCIR.
10. Recommended timeline.
11. Proposed restated mission.

1. IPB update.
2. SITEMPs.
3. Restated mission.
4. Mission & intent two levels up.
5. COA statements & sketches.
6. COA rationale.

 


1. Higher's mission, intent & deception.
2. Updated IPB.
3. COAs wargamed.
4. Assumptions.
5. Techniques used.
6. For each COA:
-Critical events.
-Actions/reactions.
-Pro & cons.

 

1. Higher's mission & intent two levels up.
2. Restated mission.
3. Status of forces.
4. Updated IPB.
5. Each COA:
-Assumptions.
-Effects on staff estimates
-Advantages/disadvantages.
-Risk.
6. Recommended COA.

 

Annexes:
A - Task Organization
B - Intelligence
C - Operation Overlay
D - Fire Support
E - ROE
F - Engineer
G - Air Defense
H - Signal
I - Service Support

Products

1. SITEMP/event template.
2. Restated mission.
3. Commander's intent.
4. Commander's guidance.
-Friendly/enemy COAs.
-CCIR.
-Recon guidance & deception.
-CS/CSS priorities.
-Timeline & type order/rehearsal.
5. Warning order.
-Mission, intent, CCIR, timeline, mvt.
-Priorities, OPORD, rehearsal.

1. COA statements & sketches.
2. SITEMPs.

 

 


 

1. Refined/detailed COA & sync matrix.
2. Location & timing of cbt pwr at decisive point.
3. Detailed task org.
4. Refined event template.
5. CCIR & collection plan.
6. Concepts for fires, engr & support.
7. Subordinate tasks.
8. Deception.
9. Risk.

1. Complete staff estimates.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Approved COA.
2. Cdr's guidance.
3. Warning order.

 

 

 

 

J - NBC
K - Provost Marshal
L - R&S
M - Deep Operations
N - Rear Operations
O - AC
2
P - C
2W
Q - OPSEC
R - PSYOP
S - Deception
T - EW
U - CMO
V - Public affairs