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Synchronization and the Division OPORD Training Program.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines whether or not a Division Operations Order OPORD Training Program would improve task force synchronization in a resource constrained environment. Using doctrinal analysis, historical examples, and current data collected from the National Training Center NTC take-home packages, the study focuses on the failure of task forces to synchronize operations. Since the end of Operation Desert Storm, the NTC has identified numerous shortcomings in Mission Analysis, Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield IPB, wargaming, and rehearsals. Combining these activities, synchronization was deficient in over 75 of the missions observed.The monograph proposes a Division OPORD Training Program DOTP designed to evaluate and train task force synchronization. The DOTP is a monthly program for selected units to train the OPORD process from division to company level. The DOTPs function is to assess subordinate level synchronization in terms of troop leading procedures, flow of commanders intent, staff integration, quality of OPARDs, and time management. With current resource cutbacks and poor NTC results, the Army needs a cost effective means of training task force synchronization.
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