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Last Date Updated29/Jun/2021 14:01
Training InstitutionAir Operations CoE (AO CoE) - CASPOA
DisciplineAir Operations (AOP)
AreaJoint Force AIr Command (JF)
Depth of knowledge Level300 - Advance
NATO Course CertificationNATO Approved

Course CodeAOP-JF-31248
Course TitleJFAC Planning Course
Delivery MethodResidential
Course DescriptionEducate and train officers likely to participate as planners in an AOPG (or a JOPG as air expert) in support of the OPP (Operational Planning Process) using the COPD. Deliver knowledge and experience to planners in order they are be able to provide the commander with an objective analysis of the crisis environment in order that he is able to decide the appropriate course of action to deal with it based on joint level direction and guidance and its own experience and judgment.
Course NotesELIGIBILITY: NATO officers (OF-3 to OF-4) scheduled to fill positions within an air operations planning team or within joint or component liaison elements. Training Strategy: This 10 days course is made of a mix of lectures and pratical activities. Academic classes will provide informations on the Operational Planning Process (OPP) and on its application, as well as guidance and planning considerations on operational, logistic and legal issues. Hands-on exercices will enable students to understand the “JFAC estimate” steps and activities, by applying the process in a close-to-reality environment, stressed by time and guidance requirements, based on a fictitious but realistic scenario. Instructors will supervise all activities, providing tips and suggestions based on their own operations and exercices experience. Mission Analysis Brief, Wargaming and Courses of Action Decision Brief are the capstone events of interaction within the process on which the students will be involved during the course.

Aim of the CourseThe JFAC Planning course enable students to learn and apply step by step the Component Estimate process. After analysing the mission and the key factors of the crisis environment the student will proposed original COAs (courses of Action) to the commander and a recommendation for the appropriate one matching with the Higher levels direction and guidance and the orientations of the commander. This 2 weeks long course is also a place to share experience on air operations and the use of Air missions types within a joint environment through an original scenario including terrorists and cyber risks, TBM threats, political and economical issues. During this course, students will have an overview on how to lead a syndicate, how to coordinate the AOPG and how to present the analysis and works to a commander. Sometimes linked with the JFAC LS (JFAC leadership Seminar) this course enable the student to face NATO senior leaders in the COMJFAC role.
Learning Objectives1. JFAC estimate and its joint/air environment 1.1. Understand the Air operations in Joint environment and the Logistics requirements and legal aspects in Ari operations planning. 1.2. Be familiar with NATO COPD principles, Command relationships and the Operational and Component estimates inputs and outputs 1.3. Be familiar with the necessary collaborations, requirements and the higher levels outcomes through the OPP 1.4. Be familiar with the AOPG role and relationships with the COMJFAC 2. JFAC Mission Analysis 2.1. Be familiar with NATO CRO OPP from crisis to the Component estimate 2.2. Understand and apply the different steps of the JFAC estimate mission analysis to be able to develop a relevant Mission Analysis Brief with a JFAC operational design to frame the problem to be solved to the COMJFAC 2.3. Be knowledgeable about the key document in support of air component planning activities 3. JFAC Courses of Action development 3.1. Know how to develop a course of action based on missions analysis, COMJFAC guidance, OPG and air missions types requirements, 3.2. Understand the goals of wargaming; 3.3. Be able to participate or conduct a wargaming; 3.4. Be able to compare CoAs for the development of the CoA Decision briefing (CoA DB); 3.5. Be able to present the CoA DB to the COMJFAC in order for him to select a COA for the Air component CONOPS. 4. CONOPS, SUPPLAN and AOD 4.1. Understand the objectives of the JFAC CONOPS development and its integration in the SUPPLAN; 4.2. Be knowledgeable about the Air operations Directives (AOD) objectives and content
Pass/Fail criteriaNIL
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Structure of the CourseThe course is a mix of lectures and practical activities and is structured on the battle rhythm of a real AOPG. Led by the mentors acting as AOPG director and syndicate leaders, trainees implement gradually the processes of the component estimate (as depicted in COPD and JFAC estimate Functional Planning guide) Trainees brainstorming activities are highlighted during capstone events such as MAB (Mission Analysis Briefing), wargaming and CoA DB (Course of Actions decision Briefing) to a commander. When a leadership seminar is conducted in parallel, NATO general officers are acting as COMJFAC during the presentation. At the end, student are provided with a lecture on the NATO CRO process from CoA DB to the 1st AOD. The course is structured as a real AOPG (Air operations Planning group) based on a fictitious crisis scenario. brainstorming activities by briefing commanders to receive guidance for next OPP stage.

Active CourseYes
Course Active from15/Oct/2001
Course Deactivated on15/Oct/2041
Course Duration (in days)10.0
Pre-Req (System Non Verified)SLP English level 2222; - CASPOA - AOCOE JFAC OC (B) or equivalent (ex. DACCC IFJT, USAF AOC IQT, etc...) graduate
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Security ClearanceNR: NATO RESTRICTED
Training AudienceN: NATO Nations Only

Tuition Fee per Student (Euro)0.00
Fees for Accommodation and Meals (Euro)407.00

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Annual Average of Attendance last 5 years130

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