Modest Design: A Conservative Approach to Enhancing Joint Planning Doctrine
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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There exists substantial momentum within the military services to address perceived doctrinal shortcomings that will undoubtedly result in modifications, if not sweeping changes, to existing joint planning doctrine. One of the corrective constructs being actively considered for inclusion into joint doctrine is Design. Calls for Design emanate from a belief that existing doctrine for planning major operations and campaigns are no longer adequate and fail to provide commanders with the creative and collaborative planning tools they need to be effective in the face of current and emerging threats. There are significant redundancies within Design and existing doctrine, specifically with respect to how environmental framing and Joint Intelligence Preparation of the Operating Environment JIPOE generate an understanding of the operational environment that present risk that if left unmitigated, will have adverse impacts on planning and operations. However, Design does offer some unique and useful methodologies that emphasize the role of the commander and creativity in planning that should be selectively integrated into existing doctrine.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics