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A Methodology to Improving Unity of Effort for Mission Partner Planning

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Unity of effort is the desired end state of Mission Partner planning and should be based on the following four principles Common vision, goals and objectives for the mission, Common understanding of the situation, Coordination of efforts to ensure continued coherency, and Common measures of progress and ability to change course or direction as needed. Our methodology to develop a framework began with the importance of comprehending and respecting that each mission partner s approaches to planning and strategy development differ according to their needs. Whereas some approaches are formal and structured, while others are informal in nature. A framework methodology will support improved unity of effort in mission partner planning as well as assist in addressing complexity across organizations, but only if we agree to attempt to develop strong relationships while learning to speak each other s language, or better yet, use a common lexicon common definitions and terms for greater understanding. One fundamental step toward developing mitigation strategies to bringing mission partners together is the identification of inhibitors to achieving unity of effort. The Unity of effort Framework is intended to assist mission partners to better understand a problem or issue by identifying common goals, areas of interest, and common categories of effort to be applied by each of the organizations for the problem set. Application of the framework requires representation, participation, and collection of information from mission partners.

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  • Civil Defense
  • Defense Systems

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