Operational Decision Making Support – Operational Concept Description


  1. Bélanger, M.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Thales Canada, Quebec Que (CAN)
Defence R&D Canada –Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) initiated several research activities aimed at investigating and developing approaches and concepts to support operational decision-making within the context of the Canadian Forces Operational Planning Process (CFOPP)i, ii. This effort focuses on building on this previous work to develop tools to enable a more effective, adaptive and time-constrained planning process. In particular, tools were developed and refined for the dynamic link management between CFOPP elements, Center of Gravity Analysis, Decisive Point Analysis, Criteria Management, Plan Management, Risk Management and to establish links with the Execution Management Tool. A computer-based system called “Collaborative Operations Planning System (COPlanS)” was used as an experimental framework to implement mock-ups 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 review of related concepts and use cases. Mock-ups have been implemented into COPlanS to demonstrate the integration and the visualization of these different concepts, to improve effective, adaptive, and time-sensitive planning within the CFOPP.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2009-125 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
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