Compare and Contrast the Army Problem Solving Model (Process) with the Rapid Decision making and Synchronization Process. (C100)
The Army Problem Solving Model, and the Rapid Decision Making and Synchronization Process (RDSP) are systems that commanders use to solve issues that may arise. While both systems are effective tools that commanders and their staff can use to solve problems, each system has strengths and limitations.
The Army problem solving, and the RDSP use measures to identify a problem. While the Army problem solving, process uses quantitative analytic tools in order to measure an effective outcome. By contrast, the RDSP uses running estimates (CCIR) which may include status of friendly forces, enemy forces, equipment, intelligence, movement, or fires.
Both systems require time to complete. Commanders’ use Army problem solving when the problem is the pressing issue, and time is secondary, staffs use this system to identify a problem or the root cause of the issue. Commanders and staff use the RDSP when time is the major factor” rapid” is the key. This process is used when mission variables have changed, or a course of action is no longer valid, or when an opportunity that can be exploited for decisive action.
Each system has a defined step process. Army problem solving has seven individual steps and normally completed in sequential order. While two steps (gather the information and develop the criteria) in Army problem solving are linked, they are still two separate steps. Conversely, the RDSP is a five-step process; it allows commanders to perform steps one and two concurrently or sequentially.
Both systems require a mental process; however, Army problem solving is more analytical, while the RDSP relies on experience and intuition. Staffs at all levels use these processes. Nonetheless, Army problem solving helps less-experienced officers to identify and consider key factors relevant to the problem. While providing a framework for experienced or gifted officers to analyze and solve problems that are more complex. However, the RDSP is more a mental process than written based. Conducted like a battle drill, and staffs must practice it to become more proficient.
Both systems have an output. Army problem solving will publish guidance, or some type of formal implementing instructions, sometimes in the form of a memorandum of instruction, policy letter, or command directive. On the other hand, the RDSPs only output may be a verbal order or if time allows, a fragmentary order will follow to confirm those orders.
Compare and Contrast the National Defense Strategy (NDS) of the United States of America with the National Military Strategy (NMS) of the United States of America. (C200)
The NDS and the NMS are documents that describe the art and science of applying the US military in the defense of the nation’s interests. The NDS and the NMS address risk management. While both documents describe these risks,...