Accession Number : ADA450588

Title :   Leveraging Operational Preparation of the Environment in the GWOT

Descriptive Note : Monograph

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Kenny, Michael T

PDF Url : ADA450588

Report Date : 25 May 2006

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : USSOCOM's effective execution of operational preparation of the environment (OPE) is a critical component in the strategy for winning the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). OPE is a series of activities that seek to enable future operations by allowing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) personnel to enhance their situational awareness and understanding within an area of interest and improve operational responsiveness. Joint Publication 3-13 defines OPE as non-intelligence activities conducted to plan and prepare for potential follow-on military operations conducted under Title 10 authority. Maximizing the effectiveness of OPE in support of the GWOT will require the following measures. Although USSOCOM has in fact developed a comprehensive unconventional warfare campaign plan and an OPE planning framework it would benefit from having an OPE specific campaign plan that operationalizes OPE in an effort to both guide its conduct and synchronize its effects. A comprehensive OPE campaign plan would synchronize preparation activities while subsuming regional specific OPE programs into one unified global effort thus ensuring that preparation activities are more than just isolated tactical actions.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *OPERATIONAL READINESS, *ARMY PLANNING, *TERRORISM, *ARMY OPERATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, RESPONSE, NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL DEFENSE, GLOBAL

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE