Success in large-scale combat operations (LSCO) depends in part on the commander’s ability to visualize the environment, organize and synchronize assigned forces, and apply combat power at decisive points on the battlefield to defeat the enemy. In warfighter exercises (WFX), division and corps training units are challenged to accomplish this, due in part to difficulty managing areas of operations (AO), and uncertainty in how best to apply components of the Army’s operational framework. This paper will focus on how the operational framework improves the commander and staff’s ability to understand and manage battlefield complexity and the commander’s ability to apply combat power at decisive points on the battlefield. Using newly published doctrine in ADP 3-0, Operations, July 2019, and observations from past WFXs, this article will:
- Provide examples of effective use of the operational framework to organize the battlefield.
- Describe the role of the operational framework within the operations structure.
- Familiarize the reader with the operational framework, its components, and the importance of assigning and managing AOs.
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