OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS WASHINGTON DC
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Planning is fundamental to command. Understanding the planning processes associated with employment of naval forces in peacetime, crisis, and war as well as higher-echelon military and political planning structure is essential for all Navy and Marine Corps officers. NDP-5 provides the basic building blocks and common starting point from which to examine how, as The procedures and guide-lines set forth in joint doctrinal manuals are applicable to maritime air, and ground forces alike. At the tactical level, the details of employing combat units require a specifically tailored planning process for flexible decision-making and command and staff action. Naval planning provides the common, logical framework within which naval commanders and staff officers can analyze their mission, evaluate the situation, decide on the best course of action, translate the decision into planned subordinate action, and monitor and modify the planned action as required. Although actual procedures and specific steps vary slightly, naval planning is common to both the Navy and Marine Corps. NDP 5 introduces the reader to naval planning, from the simplest problem to how and where planning fits into the development of the complex network of formal operation plans and crisis action plans for the defense of the U.S. and its interests around the globe. As a capstone publication, it is intended to begin the discussion on naval planning. More detailed discussions and specifics on how to develop plans are found in NWP 5-01 and will be found in 5 series Planning of Marine Corps doctrinal publications currently under development.
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