MOPC is currently under development with a pilot version scheduled to be conducted 8 July-20 September 2013. The expectation is to run three courses per year.
The approximately three month long MOPC will be a stand-alone operational planners course that develops planners capable of performing in high-tempo, fluid maritime operational environments. MOPC will focus exclusively at the C/JFMCC staff level and is designed to fill the planner capability gap between the basic level Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) and the high end Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) on the Navy’s Professional Military Education continuum. MOPC will be available to select O-3s to O-5s en-route to maritime headquarters IOT build depth and capacity in maritime operational level-of-war expertise.
This will be a practitioner’s course that examines both the art and science associated with military activities across the range of military operations (ROMO). It includes in-depth, multiple iterations of the Navy Planning Process (NPP) and synthesis of the operations processes. MOPC incorporates seminars and practical exercises using realistic case studies relevant to current global maritime challenges. These challenges will require crisis action and deliberate planning in the maritime domain to include force-on-force, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and counter-piracy complex problems. MOPC graduates will be able to:
· lead an OPT and excel as an OPT member
· conduct crisis action and deliberate planning across the ROMO
· write navy component supporting plans and OPORDs with selected annexes
· interact across all levels of war and effectively represent the Maritime perspective as an LNO to HHQ / adjacent components / subordinate / MNF / interagency staffs
MOPC will produce officers confident in forming, organizing, and leading OPTs as well as detailed application of the NPP. Graduates will be well versed in collaborative planning, OPT time management, product development (e.g. orders, briefings), force flow, staff estimates, assessments, and decision support tools. Through use of the diverse maritime case studies, graduates will develop a deep, broad appreciation of the maritime domain, maritime C2, MOC, best practices, orders development, briefing techniques, and coordination across and within staffs. This course is designed to produce critical producers and consumers who are capable of performing in a high-tempo, fluid operational environment.