Just wondering if someone has or knows where to find a well put together template of the steps to writing a mission analysis statement? I am not asking about battle procedure steps, just mission analysis
- Superior Commander's intent
- Higher Commander's concept of operations
- Assigned tasks ( the critical one will help to formulate the mission statement)
- Implied tasks
- Constraints (resources, time and space, etc)
- Has the situation changed?
- Clarification (if required)
- Mission statement (2-part, with the msn verb linked to the higher purpose)
To amplify what NFLD Sapper wrote up in here, because he has it, I'll just make some points.
First, I personally find the best way to do this is on a white board, where you can scribble stuff down. Second, from each step NFLD Sapper wrote above, you should do your deductions to a point where you either have a task (write it down!) or it's not relevant to you (no longer consider it).
When you look "two up" at the Superior Commander's Intent (just his intent statement), pick out any RELEVANT details. Remember, you have yet to read his mission statement. But that's ok.
From the "one up" to the Higher Commander, look at the whole Concept of Ops (Intent, Scheme of Manoeuvre, Main Effort, End State), same as above.
The assigned tasks are simple (from groups and tasks), but the Implied tasks are a bit harder. These are the ones that you can pull out from the deductions.
Here's one thing that isn't really in the Mission Analysis: ask yourself what is my "KEY" task. What is the one thing that you must do in order to meet your higher commander's main effort or end state? What is the one thing that must be done? Nine times out of ten, this is your Mission.
Now, always ask "has the situation changed?" throughout the battle procedure or Operation Planning process. If the answer is "yes" and "My plan is therefore no longer valid", go back to step one. After you clarify with higher, naturally
As for the mission statement, make them clear and concise, using NATO mission verbs. FYI: "Conduct" is not a mission verb. For example "8 Platoon will conduct a raid at grid X in order to blah blah blah". Use words like "Destroy", "Block", etc. The statement is in the form "(unit) will (mission verb) (place) (time, either "not before" or "no later than") in order to (higher intent, I find using the higher commander's mission here is pretty safe, 9 times out of 10).
As an example:
"8 Platoon will DESTROY enemy section at QQ 467 898 NLT 1800 tonight in order to set the conditions to CLEAR route HEART"
Assume that C Company's mission is to CLEAR route HEART for whatever reason, and that 8 platoon had the task to destroy an enemy section somewhere along that route.
Anyway, I've rambled enough. I hope that this helps, and doesn't hinder