The Standard Operations Order Format: Is Its Current Form and Content Sufficient for Command and Control?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This study assesses the sufficiency of the current operations order format through an examination of its form and content. First, the study uses current communications and cognitive theory to evaluate the form of the operations order. These theories are used to relate the sequencing of information elements in the order with the receipt and understanding of the information by the receivers. Next, the study determines what information elements are required to be communicated in the orders format. The analysis considers three factors that influence the contents of the order. First, current command and control theory and doctrine is considered and their influence on the orders content determined. Secondly, an historical analysis of the evolution of the operation order format is conducted. The emerging information elements within the orders formats are used to infer information requirements. Thirdly, modern group dynamics theory for organizational performance is assessed and the corresponding information elements required to perform group tasks are determined. The study concludes with a comprehensive evaluation of the form and content of the operations order format together with a qualitative assessment of its sufficiency to command and control forces. Finally, the study proposes several modifications to the current operations order format format that are intended to improve its utility.
- Military Forces and Organizations