Inter-Agency Essay

1412 WordsSep 15, 20146 Pages
Introduction While the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP) is a standardized process that exists across all of the Department of Defense (DOD) activities and provides a universal application of proven concepts, it should be a ‘fluid’ process. When used appropriately, the JOPP allows for flexibility and adaptation that supports evolving and unforeseen circumstances that tend to be more and more common in an ever increasingly complex world. The most recent version of the Joint Publication 5-0 says, “JOPP provides a proven process to organize the work of the commander, staff, subordinate commanders, and other partners, to develop plans that will appropriately address the problem to be solved” (Mullen, 2011, IV-1). This statement seems to imply that the JOPP is a ‘cookie-cutter’ model that will solve any problem that may emerge in today’s operating environment. That being said, it is probably more accurate to say that the JOPP provides a template for commanders to begin with and mold into an applicable tool that can be applied to the situation at hand. Implementing a more noticeable level of Inter-Agency Cooperation (IAC) into the idea of a flexible and adaptable planning process will reveal significant increases in accuracy and efficiency to the traditional planning model used throughout the DOD. Allowing our counterparts from key sister government agencies to take part in the DOD operational planning process could offer the following benefits: • Improved situational awareness and understanding of specific problems, environments, and challenges faced within an area of interest. • Improved and more accurate mission analysis, desired end states and Course of Action (COA) development. • Appropriately conceived and distributed tasks and responsibilities in order to prevent ‘scope-creep’ felt throughout all departments of government.
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