13-24 October the 8th iteration of the NATO Comprehensive Operations Planning Course (COPC) is taking place at SWEDINT. Totally 49 students are attending the COPC, supported by some 20 instructors and subject matter experts from NATO School Oberammergau, NATO Commands and other supporting organisations – in total 23 nationalities are represented.

The COPC is developed and conducted in close cooperation between SWEDINT and NSO since 2009 and this is the eighth time the course is conducted at SWEDINT.
The COPC is using the NATO Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD) as the main reference document for the conduct of the course. The COPD supports headquarters’ on the strategic and operational level, but is also to some extent applicable on the tactical (component command). The COPD enables the headquarters to conduct a parallel planning process to achieve the best use of recourses to meet on-going or expected crises. The COPC main aim is to prepare operational planners, to better meet today’s complexity of crises - it is necessary to harmonize the military and non-military aspects of planning for deployment to an ongoing or future Crisis Response Operations (CRO), either in a NATO or an EU context.
One important and new dimension to the traditional military planning is added by implementing the use of a gender perspective view in support of military operations. SWEDINT and its new department, Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM) is the Department Head (DH) for NATO gender issues. This means that NCGM is responsible for ensuring NATO training and education meet NATO operational requirements. The operational planning process (OPP) and the implementation of a gender integrated concept in the comprehensive approach will subsequently contribute to better trained personnel for current and future missions.
LCDR Harry Jaantola / SWEDINT