Operational Decision Making Support – JCDS-COPlanS Architecture


  1. Tardif, M.
  2. Pelletier, G.
  3. Gosselin, G.
  4. Savard, M.
  5. Coté, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Thales Canada, Quebec Que (CAN)
Defence 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 details the design of the mock-ups’ implementation, their interfaces and the changes required in the COPlanS components to support the proposed functionalities.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2009-118 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
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