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Recognition-Primed Decision Model Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Recognition-Primed Decision Model

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction: Model Overview

This planning model is based on a theory known as “recog­nit­ion­-primed decision making,” which is an intuitive process through which
leaders naturally make decisions. The recogn­iti­on-­primed decision model leverages the experience of seasoned commanders whose education and training enable them to assess situations rapidly through pattern recogn­ition, mentally wargame courses of action (COAs) and make timely decisions

Input / Output

Input
Output
• Situat­ional Awareness
• Brigade Cdr’s Guidance
• Mission from Higher HQ
• Rehearsals
• Execution of the COA
• Assessment of the Effects

1. Identify the mission & concep­tualize COA

Bn Cdr and Staff Process:
• Staff sends alert WARNO #1 to the batteries.
• Cdr & Staff conduct full blown MA.**
• Cdr guides the entire process.
Staff Tools:
• Facts & Assump­tions
• Limita­tions & Constr­aints
• IPB
• MCOO
• Etc.
Prod­ucts:
• Restated Mission
• Directed Friend­lyCOA
• WARNO #2 with MA Slides & Cdr’s Guidance
• Enemy COA
Steps 1, 3 and 4 are similar to the respective steps of Mission Analysis, Wargaming and Orders Production in the MDMP

Recogn­iti­on-­Primed Decision Model

 

2. Test & Operat­ion­alize the COA.

Staff Process:
• Refine the details of the COA.
• Identify the flaws and correct them through analysis
• Test the COA using “feasible, acceptable and suitable” criter­ia.*
• Brief the commander on the refined COA.
Prod­ucts:
• Graphics
• Support Matrices
• Task Organi­zation
• Sub-Unit Tasks
• Skeleton OPORD
• WARNO #3 with the COA Sketch

3. Wargame the COA.*P­lanners and All Cdrs

Proc­ess:
• Determine if the COA satisfies the Cdr’s vision.
• Analyze whether or not the plan will hold up to enemy action.
Prod­ucts:
• Synchr­oni­zation Matrices
• Execution Checklists
• WARNO #4 with the Refined COA
This is critical; the commander and staff must understand the problem to develop an effective solution.

4. Develop the orders.

Staff Process:
• Write the OPORD.
• Backbrief the Cdr.
Prod­ucts:
• Five-P­ara­graph OPORD
• Execution Matrix
• Verbal Notifi­cation of Battery Cdrs via Radi
If the COA fails the “feasible, acceptable and suitable” test, then the process loops back to Step 1 to determine an altern­ative COA

Legend

Code
Desc­rip­tion
Code
Desc­rip­tion
Cdr
Commander
MA
Mission Analysis
COA
Course of Action
MCOO
Modified Combined Obstacle Overlay
HQ
Headqu­arters
OPORD
Operations Order
IPB
Intell­igence Prepar­ation of the Battle­field
WARNO
Warning Order