situation template


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situation template

A depiction of assumed adversary dispositions, based on adversary doctrine and the effects of the battlespace if the adversary should adopt a particular course of action. In effect, situation templates are the doctrinal templates depicting a particular operation modified to account for the effects of the battlespace environment and the adversary's current situation (training and experience levels, logistic status, losses, dispositions). Normally, the situation template depicts adversary units two levels of command below the friendly force, as well as the expected locations of high-value targets. Situation templates use time-phase lines to indicate movement of forces and the expected flow of the operation. Usually, the situation template depicts a critical point in the course of action. Situation templates are one part of an adversary course of action model. Models may contain more than one situation template. See also course of action; doctrinal template.
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Only our older analysts were capable of looking at a doctrinal template, overlay it on the terrain to develop a situation template, and determine where to focus collection assets.
To maximize the use of AXPs, planners must lay out the locations of the AXPs, determining the proper placement based on the enemy situation template, terrain, and accessible routes.
Using the current situation template as a reference for the meeting (as many S2s do) will fail to relay what the enemy future plans may be and, more importantly, fail to give the necessary support the TF needs in the targeting process.
An S2 will never paint a good picture of a future battle with a narrative, an MCOO, and a busy, dusty (or muddy) acetate situation template.
system, within the IPB process the situation templates drive the event templates which are used (through named areas of interest and time phase lines) to confirm or deny predictions that were based on the situation templates.
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