Determine how to maximize combat power against the enemy while protecting the friendly forces and minimizing collateral damage in combat or maximize the effect of available resources toward achieving CCMD and national objectives in noncombat operations and campaigns.
Have as near an identical visualization of the operation as possible.
Anticipate adversary, enemy, and other relevant actor actions/events in the OE and potential reaction options.
Determine conditions and resources required for success, while also identifying gaps and seams.
Determine when and where to apply the force’s capabilities.