CECA Model of the JSTAFF


  1. Bryant, D.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This report describes a model of decision-making and collaboration within the Joint Staff (JSTAFF). The model was developed within the based on the Critique-Explore-Compare-Adapt (CECA) framework [1], which incorporates important aspects of human cognition. The model was created by identifying correspondences between elements of the JSTAFF and the CECA framework in terms of information products groups/agencies making up the JSTAFF, and the processes for creating, maintaining, updating, and transferring information products. The organization of the JSTAFF proved well-suited to the CECA framework and it was possible to readily identify numerous points of contact between the two in terms of the groups and agencies making up the JSTAFF, the processes used to perform the JSTAFF’s functions, and the products that served as physical instantiations of those processes. The JSTAFF diverges from the CECA framework, however, in several key ways. Most notably, there are no products that directly correspond to the conceptual and situation models, which limits communication, comparison, and collaboration within the JSTAFF. It is suggested that the JSTAFF needs formal information products that correspond to the conceptual and situation models. The conceptual model should be formalised in a support tool or system that facilitates operational planning as well as the graphic representation of plans. The situation model should be formalised as an integrated picture developed by the NDCC and se

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CECA;Joint Staff;organisational model
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2006-259 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2008
Number of Pages
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