What if you could take a proven system that works and place it against a life event like Military Transition for guaranteed progress and success? Would you be willing to at least try?
That’s exactly what I’ve decide to do with the Military Decision Making Process – MDMP.
Last blog post I analyzed Step 1 of MDMP and demonstrated how effective this system would be if executed in both military operational planning and transition planning. Let’s continue the comparison by taking a look at Step 2.
Step 2: Mission Analysis.
This is where the commander visualizes the battlefield with the intent of further defining the tactical problem and begin the development of feasible solutions. This step is very involved, consisting of 17 sub-steps to be executed by the staff resulting in a detailed briefing to the Commander. The 17 steps are:
Step 1. Analyze the higher headquarters’ order
Step 2. Conduct initial intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB)
Step 3. Determine specified, implied, and essential tasks
Step 4. Review available assets
Step 5. Determine constraints
Step 6. Identify critical facts and assumptions
Step 7. Conduct risk assessment
Step 8. Determine initial commander’s critical information requirements (CCIR)
Step 9. Determine the initial reconnaissance annex
Step 10. Plan use of available time
Step 11. Write the restated mission
Step 12. Conduct a mission analysis briefing
Step 13. Approve the restated mission
Step 14. Develop the initial commander’s intent
Step 15. Issue the commander’s guidance
Step 16. Issue a warning order
Step 17. Review facts and assumptions
As you can see here, just in Step 2 of MDMP, there is so much involved when planning for combat operations. So much coordination within the staff, multiple products to be produced, and briefings to the commander.
I think back to when I began preparing for transition from military life to civilian life and there was so much to consider. Things that were automatically handled for so many years with little to no effort on my part, like medical insurance for my family, were now at the forefront of my thoughts in transition. The three to one year period before a Service Members separation date is where I envision Step 2 of MDMP being executed. This was the time when I executed several tasks in preparation for transition:
1. Submitted required paperwork requesting my retirement date
2. Attended transition briefings
3. Researched medical and dental options for both me and my family members
4. Researched school options for both me and my family members
5. Made appointments for transportation to pack, store and move household items
6. Coordinated living arrangements at destination
While these are just a few of the tasks I completed in preparation for transition, like combat operations, the planning, research, and production during transition planning is detailed and extensive. The extensive detailed planning that occurs in Step 2 of MDMP further confirms for me that the MDMP system would be effective for transition planning. Join me tomorrow when I take a look at the Transition Process through Step 3 ‘Course of Action Development’ of the MDMP.