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Planning begins with ____

mission analysis


Leaders must identify____ for the team

clear directives


A broad and ambiguous mission results in ____, ____, and ____.

* lack of focus
* ineffective execution
* mission creep


The mission must be carefully refined and simplified so that it is ____

explicitly clear and specifically focused to achieve the greater strategic vision for which that mission is a part.


The mission must explain the ____ of the operation.

overall purpose and desired result, or "end state"


Frontline troops tasked with executing the mission must understand ____.

the deeper purpose behind the mission


Commanders intent is actually ____

the most important part of the brief.


When commanders intent is understood by everyone involved in the execution of the plan, it ____

guides each decision and action on the ground


It is critical to utilize all assets and lean on the expertise of those in the best position to provide ____

the most accurate and up to date information.


Leaders must ____ down the chain as much as possible to key subordinate leaders.

delegate the planning process


Team participation - even from the most junior personnel - is critical in developing ____

bold, innovative solutions to problems sets.


Giving the frontline troops ownership of even a small piece of the plan gives them ____

buy in, helps them understand the reasons behind the plan, and better enables them to believe in the mission, which translates to far more effective implementation and execution on the ground.


Supervising the entire planning process allows senior leaders to ____

stand back and be the tactical genius - to identify weaknesses or holes in the plan that those immersed in the details might have missed. This enables leaders to fill in those gaps before execution.


The planning process and briefing must be a forum that encourages ____

discussion, questions, and clarification from even the most junior personnel


Following a successful brief, all members participating in an operation will understand the ____

strategic mission, the commanders intent, the specific mission of the team, and their individual roles within that mission.


The plan must mitigate ____

identified risks where possible.


The best teams employ constant analysis of their tactics and measure their effectiveness so that ____

they and adapt their methods and implement lessons learned for future missions.


A post operational debrief examines ____

all phases of an operation from planning through execution, in a concise format.


A post operational debrief should answer the following questions:

* What went right?
* What went wrong?
* How can we adapt our tactics to make us even more effective and increase our advantage over the enemy?


A leaders checklist for planning should include the following:

* Analyze the mission
- understand commanders intent
- identify and state your own commanders intent
* Identify personnel, assets, resources, and time available.
* Decentralize the planning process.
- empower key leaders within the team to analyze possible courses of action.
* Determine a specific course of action.
- lean toward selecting the simplest course of action
- focus efforts on the best course of action
* Empower key leaders to develop the plan for the selected course of action.
* Plan for likely contingencies through each phase of the operation
* Mitigate risks that can be controlled as much as possible
* Delegate portions of the plan and brief to key junior leaders
- stand back and be the tactical genius
* Continually check and question the plan against emerging information to ensure it still fits the situation.
* Brief the plan to all participants and supporting assets
- emphasize commanders intent
- ask questions and engage in discussion and interaction with the team to ensure they understand
* Conduct post-operational debrief after execution.
- Analyze lessons learned and implement them in future planning.