NATO doctrine uses a monitor-assess-plan-direct model for decision-making. NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) teaches the Comprehensive Operations Planning Course (COPC (SS-54)), the Combined Joint Operations Centre Course (CJOC (P3-53)) and NATO Operations Assessment Course (P5-128) but there is no course for the “direct” function to execute operations.

Lessons identified from multiple various NATO Exercises in the last decade have exposed these shortcomings. Comprehensive Operational Planning Directive (COPD), Conceptual Framework Allied Operations (CFAO), Allied Joint Publication (AJP) - 3 and AJP - 5 provide only a limited explanation of the detailed process of synchronisation.

After Action Reviews (AAR) have specifically identified the challenges of integrating lethal and non-lethal effects; cross component coordination; catering for the inclusion of cyber and space operations as domains; lack of knowledge of the Joint Coordination Board (JCB) process; planning sufficiently far ahead and the linkages between J5 during planning with Joint Assessment and J35/J33/J3 transition for execution purposes. This performance gap is amplified in Article V, Major Joint Operations (MJO) and Maximum Level of Effort (MLE) scenarios where time, space, forces and effects need to be synchronised in order to create decision superiority and overwhelm an adversary, including the use of complementary non-military actions.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to enhance the capacity of the Chair of Boards and Working Groups to undertake their roles and responsibilities for Joint Synchronisation more effectively.

For the more information see the attached course Invitation and Appendix; apply using the attached Application Form.


Online course - Free of charge