The Development and Use of Civil Engineering Support Plans as an Integral Part of the Joint Operations Planning System (JOPS).
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Joint Chiefs of Staff require that a Civil Engineering Support Plan CESP be included as a part of all plans for joint military operations. The CESP addresses those construction activities which are required to provide mission essential facilities in support of a contingency operation plan OPLAN. These facilities can include airports and runways, roads, railroads, waterways, seaports, supply depots, maintenance installations, utilities, administrative facilities, and troop installations. In the past, CESPs have enjoyed mixed credibility with planners and commanders. The complexity of the process and the fact that is not completely understood by most people are probably primary contributing factors. This essay describes the current procedure for developing CESPs and discusses ways that they are used. A brief discussion of the entire contingency planning process is provided, with a description of how the CESP fits into the system. The software program for developing the CESP, the Civil Engineering Support Plan Generator CESPG, is explained and a discussion follows on the credibility of the entire process with suggestions for improvement provided.
- Administration and Management
- Civil Engineering