to facilitate the solution of problems in logical progression.
checklist simplifies periodic progress reviews and coordination.
Phasing of planning tasks ensures the completion of specific tasks in
For example, if you are planning a mission involving
other units, phasing facilitates coordination of concurrent planning.
The tasks should be analyzed before they are phased.
When phases are
established, they should allow sufficient time for each level of command to
complete its assigned tasks and should provide for timely distribution of
information to subordinate units. However, some overlapping of phasing is
inevitable, because planning proceeds concurrently.
tasks in a preceding phase are completed.
For instance, a partially
completed plan may be prepared in the preliminary phase before the formal
directive has been received. Generally, phasing is as follows:
This phase is based on logical assumptions
concerning future operations or on knowledge of the tentative plans of
higher headquarters that is available before receipt of the formal
After the directive is received, plans are initiated
based on limited information and planning guidance.
includes preparation of staff and commander's tentative estimates and
Draft plans are prepared based on more complete
information, firm planning guidance, and detailed estimates resulting
in the commander's decision and concept of operation.
The commander reviews, refines, and approves the
The approved plan is published.