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									Deliberate Planning
Joint Operation Planning

Adaptive Planning and Execution System

[Rob – Please insert Figure I-1. Adaptive Planning Review and Approval Process from the JP
5-0 Review Copy in the Deliberate Planning folder, p. I-4 at top center of page. Due to the size,
we may have to create a thumbnail that students can click on to enlarge, so it is legible. Let me
know if you have any questions. Place the info on the Figure in the mouse over data.]

The Adaptive Planning and Execution (APEX) system replaces the Joint Operation Planning
and Execution System (JOPES). Joint operation planning occurs within APEX, which is the
department-level system of joint policies, processes, procedures, and reporting structures. APEX
is supported by communications and information technology that is used by the JPEC to monitor,
plan, and execute mobilization, deployment, employment, sustainment, redeployment, and
demobilization activities associated with joint operations. APEX formally integrates the planning
activities of the JPEC and facilitates the joint force commander’s seamless transition from
planning to execution during times of crisis. The integration of joint operation planning with
interagency and multinational partners begins with national strategic direction. APEX activities
span many organizational levels, but the focus is on the interaction between SECDEF and
combatant commanders (CCDRs), which ultimately helps the President and SECDEF
decide when, where, and how to commit U.S. military forces. The interactive and
collaborative process at the national level guides the way in which planning and execution occurs
throughout the Armed Forces.

The APEX system operates in a networked, collaborative environment, which facilitates
dialogue among senior leaders, concurrent and parallel plan development, and collaboration
across multiple planning levels. Clear strategic guidance and frequent interaction between
senior leaders and planners promote early understanding of, and agreement on, planning
assumptions, considerations, risks, and other key factors. The focus is on developing plans that
contain a variety of viable, embedded options for the President and SECDEF to leverage as they
seek to shape the situation and respond to contingencies. This facilitates responsive plan
development and modification, resulting in continually up-to-date plans. The APEX system also
promotes involvement with other U.S. agencies and multinational partners.

APEX promotes early, robust, and frequent discourse between DOD planners and their
interagency and multinational counterparts throughout the planning process. Dialogue,
collaboration, and integration with civilian agencies and multinational partners are essential to
address the increasing complexity of national security challenges while incorporating multiple
instruments of national power into planning and execution efforts.

In summary, APEX incorporates levels of planning detail, frequent in-progress reviews (IPRs),
continuous assessment, and collaborative technology, which provide increased opportunities for
consultation and guidance during the planning process.
The CJCSM 3122 series specifies JPEC milestones, deliverables, and interaction points for plans
developed using APEX. This multivolume set of Chairman’s manuals outlines the APEX
policies and procedures. APEX volumes will replace these current JOPES volumes.

[Rob – Please cut and place the three JOPES Volumes and their functionality from the bottom of
page s044_sco020_008 here. I would like them to work like they do now where you roll over
them to view their purpose.]

								
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