Function Flow Analysis and Comparison of Doctrinal and Applied Operations Planning Process


  1. Bruyn, L
  2. Rehak, L.
  3. Vokac, R.
  4. Lamoureux, T.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This work compared the Canadian Forces (CF) Operational Planning Process (OPP) as it is applied by a Staff at the Brigade level in a realistic scenario with the OPP as it is prescribed in current doctrine and taught within the Land Force (Bruyn, Lamoureux and Vokac, 2004). To establish how the OPP is applied in an operational context, the planning Staff of 1 CMBG was observed during EX VIRTUAL RAM at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton from Jan 21-25, 2005. Previous work has documented the OPP as it is outlined in doctrine and taught within the Land Force. Overall, it was observed that not all the functions of the OPP as described in doctrine were performed during the exercise, and there was a great deal of ‘looping’ back and forth between the functions, mainly at the lower levels of the function decomposition. The abbreviation and repetition of lower level functions, seemingly in groupings, suggests that these functions are strongly linked and performed as more of a continual process than discrete steps. As well, it was observed that the planning process is indeed “command-driven” as the Commander makes the majority of critical decisions and provides significant guidance and direction to the remaining critical decisions handled by the planning Staff. It was concluded that the 1 CMBG planning Staff followed a step-by-step analytical decision making approach for higher level OPP functions, but more intuitive processes to perform specific, individual functions. It appea

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Operational Planning Process;decision making;Canadian Forces
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-144 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
16 May 2005
Number of Pages
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