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What Army Doctrine Publications is titled "The Operations Process"?

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What is the Operations Process?

it is the major mission command activities performed during operations
1. planning
2. preparing
3. executing
4. assessing


How do the steps/phases of the operations process overlap and reoccur?

1. Planning - Continues as leaders revise the plan based on changing circumstances

2. Preparing - Begins during the planning and continues through execution

3. Execution - Puts a plan into action by applying combat power to seize, retain and exploit the initiative to gain a position

4. Assessing - Is a continuous process and influences the other three activities


What are the four principals that commanders and staffs consider for the effective use of the operations process?

1. Commanders drive the operations process-this is achieved through understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, leading, and assessing operations

2. Build and maintain situational understanding success in operations demands timely and effective decisions based on applying judgement to available information and knowledge

3. Apply Critical and creative thinking-assist them with understanding situations, making decisions, and directing action

4. Encourage collaboration and dialogue-creates a shared understanding and facilitates unity of effort


What does understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, leading, and assessing mean in the terms of the operations process?

Understand-throughout the operations process, commanders develop and improve their understanding of their operational environment

Visualize-as commanders beging to understand their operational environmental and the problem they start to visualizing a desired end state and potential solutions to solve the problem

Describe-commanders describe their visualization in doctrinal terms, refining and clarifying it as circumstances require

Direct-commanders direct all aspects of operations by establishing their commander's intent, setting achievable objectives, and issuing clear tasks to subordinate units

Lead-through leadership, commanders provide purpose, direction, and motivation to subordinate commanders, their staff, and Soldiers

Assess-commanders continuously assess the situation to better understand current conditions and determine how the operation is progressing


What is situational understanding?

It is the product of applying analysis and judgement to reverent information to determine the relationships among the operational and mission variables to facilitate decision making


What is the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking?

Critical thinking-purposeful and reflective judgement about what to believe or what to do in response to observations, experience, verbal or written expressions, or arguments

Creative thinking-creating something new or original


What is the difference between collaboration and dialog?

Collaboration-two or more people or organizations working together toward common goals by sharing knowledge and building consensus

Dialog-a way to collaborate by involving the candid exchange of ideas or opinions among participants that encourages frank discussions in areas of disagreement


What is the planning activity?

Is the art and science of understanding a situation, envisioning a desired future, and laying out effective ways of bringing that future about


What is the difference between conceptual planning and detailed planning?

Conceptual Planning-involves understanding the operational environment and the problem, determining the operation's end state, and visualizing and operational approach

Detailed Planning-translates the broad operational approach into a complete and practical plan


Army Leaders employ three methodologies for planning that assist commanders and staffs, what are they?

1. Army Design Methodology

2. Military Decision Making Process(MDMP)

3. Troop Leading Procedures (TLP)


What is the Army Design Methodology?

A methodology for applying critical and creative thinking to understand, visualize, and describe unfamiliar problems and approaches to solving them


What is the Military Decision Making Process?

An interactive planning method to understand the situation and mission, develop a course of action, and produce an operation plan or order


What are the step of the MDMP?

1. Receipt of the mission

2. Mission Analysis

3. Course of Actions Development

4. Course of action Analysis

5. Course of action Comparison

6. Course of action Approval

7. Orders Production, dissemination, and translation