Appendix A

The Six Steps of Planning

The Six Steps to Planning

1. Determine the mission objective.
  • Clear.
  • Measureable.
  • Achievable.
  • Support the high-definition destination (HDD).
2. Identify the threats.
  • Internal and external.
  • Controllable and uncontrollable.
3. Identify your resources.
  • Resources to achieve the objective.
  • Mitigate or eliminate controllable threats.
4. Evaluate lessons learned.
5. Develop a course of action.
  • Create a final course of action by determining who does what, by when.
  • Red Team the plan and incorporate Red Team comments into the plan.
6. Plan for contingencies.
  • Trigger/action matrix.

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