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Operations planning revisited: theoretical and practical implications of methodology
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för operationskonst (KV Opkonst).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1653-3787
2016 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Parts of NATO’s contemporary planning framework called the comprehensive operations planning directive (COPD), and parts of the operation-level planning process should be revised since they suffer from methodological inconsistency. This claim is defended by discussing contradicting methodological properties and heuristics applied when framing and managing a military problem in accordance with the COPD. The methodological inconsistency within the COPD; in other words, simultaneously applying contradictory methodological properties, implies one theoretical and three practical implications. The theoretical implication is summarised in a meta-theoretical framework and explained by discussing five methodological properties: non-linearity, emergence, independently changeable generalisations, invariance and boundaries. The three practical implications of methodology imply that methodology is guiding: the problem-frame, conceptual development and action. To improve military planners’ understanding and management of these four identified implications, NATO is recommended to develop a “handbook of methodology.” The purpose of such a handbook should be to emphasise the utility of methodology when planning military operations

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 248-269 p.
Keyword [en]
Operations planning, methodology, COPD, complexity, causalist approach, systemic approach.
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Philosophy
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6146DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2016.1187567OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6146DiVA: diva2:932992
Available from: 2016-06-02 Created: 2016-06-02 Last updated: 2016-06-14Bibliographically approved

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