Investigation of concepts to support operational decision-making


  1. Tardif, M.
  2. Porter, L.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Thales Canada, Quebec Que (CAN)
Defense R&D Canada-Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) centre initiated a research activity aimed at investigating and developing approaches and concepts to support operational decision-making within the context of the Canadian Forces Operational Planning Process (CFOPP). In an effort to develop a more effective adaptive planning process, this investigation focused on examining new structured approaches to enhance and facilitate courses of action (COA) analysis and selection. In particular, a review of possible approaches for the dynamic link management between CFOPP elements, for the COA evaluation criteria management in an effects-based environment and for enhanced decision-matrixes with associated concepts was completed. A computer-based system called "Collaborative Operations Planning System (COPlanS)" was used as an experimental framework to demonstrate a possible operationalisation of these approaches. COPlanS has been developed at DRDC Valcartier to support the CFOPP. COPlanS is an integrated flexible suite of planning, decision-aid and workflow management tools aimed at supporting a distributed team involved in the planning of military operations. This document develops these various approaches supported by a short study of related concepts, a comparison of approaches, use cases and examples. Mock-ups are presented to the support the integration and the visualization of these different concepts to improve effective adaptive planning within the CFOPP.

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2008-125 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2008
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