Decision support tools for the operational planning process


  1. Bélanger, M.
  2. Guitouni, A.
  3. Pageau, N.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The Canadian Forces Operational Planning Process (CFOPP) is a methodological team approach to develop plans and orders for Canadian Forces operations. The CFOPP incluses but is not limited to analysing the situation, identifying relevant factors, sketching courses of action, developing the commander's guidance and decision, and producing detailed annexes necessary for orders and tasking of CF units. It is based on an Estimate Process, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is investigating computer-based decision support to improving the decision cycle and timeliness of orders and tasking. In this paper, we focus on key components of the CFOPP. In particular, this paper describes computer-based tools to support center of gravity analysis, decisive point analysis, risk management, criteria management, dynamic link management and decision-matrix management. These tools have been embedded into DRDC Collaborative Operations Planning System (COPlanS), an integrated flexible suite of planning, decision aid and workflow management tools design to support a distributed team involved in the Military Operations Planning Process.
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DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2009-168 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
14 Jun 2009
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