The framework below supports the development of operational level CONOPS/ OPLAN.
Operational CONOPS/OPLAN Main Body
COM JHQ CONOPS/OPLAN XXX10 REV X CHANGE X
‘FORMAL PLAN/OPERATION NAME’
This introductory paragraph describes: the political/military situation leading to the
requirement for the applicable planning product. It draw on COMJFC’s Assessment, to
highlight the key factors in a broad overview, specifically addressing any emerging
issues; details of NATO’s contribution to international efforts and role with cooperating
actors in the crisis area; and the legal basis for involvement.
a. Political Environment.
b. Strategic Environment.
(1) Opposing Actors.
(2) Friendly and Cooperating Actors.
(3) Neutral Actors that influence JFC mission.
c. Information Environment.
d. NATO End State and Strategic Objectives.
(1) NATO End State.
(2) NATO Strategic Objectives.
(a) Non-Military Strategic Objectives.
(b) Military Strategic Objectives.
e. Strategic Centres of Gravity.
(1) NATO Strategic Centre of Gravity.
(2) Friendly Actors’ Strategic Centre of Gravity.
(3) Opposing Actors’ Strategic Centres of Gravity.
f. Military Strategic Effects.
g. Strategic Planning Assumptions and Limitations.
(Political and Military Strategic).
h. Legal Aspects.
i. Intelligence and Threat Assessment.
2. Operational Mission.
On order, COM JHQ will conduct operations in XXX to operational objective 1,
operational objective 2, etc, in order to….
3. Operational Direction.
a. Commander’s Intent.
b. Main Effort.
The primary focal point of an operation established by a commander within his
area of responsibility for the deliberate concentration of effects using available
resources where and when he deems it necessary to achievement of his objective.
c. Operational Centres of Gravity.
(1) Own COG.
(2) Opposing actors’ COG.
d. Concept of Operations.
e. Operational Design.
(1) Operational Objective (OO) 1 - XXX.
(a) Criteria for Success.
(b) Line of Operations (LoO) 1 - XXX.
1/ Decisive Condition (DC) 1 - XXX.
a/ Operational Effect (OE) 1- XXX.
b/ Operational Action (OA) 1- XXX.
2/ DC 2 - XXX.
(c) LoO 2 – XXX.
(2) OO2 - XXX.
f. Forces and Resources.
g. Cooperation with Other Actors.
h. Preconditions for Success.
This should include for example broad legal arrangements, coordinated Strategic
Communications strategy, transfer of command authority transferred, timely
provision of forces, ROE, and Intelligence.
i. Risk Management.
a. Subordinate Command Missions and Objectives28.
(1) LCC Mission. COM LCC will…in order to…
(2) MCC Mission. COM MCC will…in order to…
b. Coordinating Instructions.
(1) Operational Level CCIR.
(2) Crisis Response Measures.
(3) Rules of Engagement and the Use of Force.
(5) Force Protection.
(6) Military Police.
(7) StratCom and Information Strategy.
(8) Public Affairs.
(9) Civil-Military Cooperation.
(10) Inter-agency Coordination.
(11) Partner Involvement.
(12) Environmental Protection.
(13) Operations Assessment.
(14) Lessons Learned
(15) Exit Criteria.
(16) Critical Timings.
5. Service Support.
a. Logistic Support Concept.
b. Logistic Standards and Requirements.
c. Movement Concept.
d. Host Nation Support Concept.
e. Supply and Maintenance Concept.
f. Contractor Support Concept.
g. Military Engineering Concept.
h. Medical Support Concept.
6. Command and Signal.
a. Command and Control.
(1) Command Structure.
(2) Command Authority.
(a) Transfer of Forces.
(b) Delegation of Command Authority.
b. TOO and JOA.
c. Liaison and Coordination.
d. Communications and Information Concept.