NATO Comprehensive Operations Planning Course

1. Concept and purpose of COPC

The aim of the course is to prepare students to contribute to NATO´s operations planning processes, either as an operational-level or functional-area planner, while serving within a joint operational-level headquarters

2. Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

- Understand NATO`s OPP system: Given references, students will be able to describe the main characteristics of NATO`s operations planning system in accordance with MC 133/4

-Understand NATO`s OPP Strategic Environment: Following initial notice of an international crisis, students will be able to appraise the nature of the situation in order to contribute to the appreciation of the strategic environment in accordance with NATO´s comprehensive approach.

-Demonstrate the Principles of Operational Art within the COPD: Applying the principles of operational art, students will be able to analyse a crisis in order to define the operational-level problem and determine the necessary operational conditions to be achieved.

- Prepare and Analyze Courses of Action: Given references, students will be able to design and compare multible courses of action, justifying a final recommendation in accordance with commander`s guidance.

- Describe Remaining Phases of NOPP: Given references, student will be able to describe the main characteristics of phases 4-6 of NATO´s operational planning process.

3. Student Criteria

To be eligible to attend the course, nominees must fulfil the following criteria:

-Military officers (OF-3 through OF-5), who are assigned to NATO and Partner positions that involve the planning of combined joint operations

-Students have to fulfil at least the following proficiency standards in English, as described in STANAG 6001: Listening (3), Speaking (3), Reading (3), and Writing (3). Language testing is a national responsibility. No additional training or translation will be provided.

-Students must have basic computer skills including Microsoft Office.

4. Course Dates

To be confirmed later