4. Grasp “Universal.” Acknowledge the big
picture of the “Universal-ness” of the NMETL format. ROC-POE, system design specifications, and all other requirements
tools can employ the METL format of Tasks, Conditions, and Standards based on the common language of the UNTL. CONOPS and
NMETLs are mutually supporting.
application of NMETLs can encompass all Fleet support for transformation and implementing the Sea Enterprise. Every new Navy
warfighting improvement business enterprise such as the Warfare Centers of Excellence, Task Force ASW, Task Force SIM (Simulation),
SEA TRIAL, and Task Force Warrior should be integrated into the NWTS process. OPNAV should revise organizational Required
Operational Capabilities- Projected Operating Environment (ROC POE) listings into METL language.
Sea Power 21 Mission Capabilities Packages (MCP) Fleet Collaborative Teams (FCT) can be organized to provide support to appropriate
NWTS phases and improve their products. CONOPS development can employ the Mission Analysis to NMETL process to lay the foundation
for expressing the commander’s plan for mission accomplishment.
Commander Naval Installations Command (CNIC) has incorporated the NMETL and NWTS process into assessments for facilities’
readiness. Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR) has begun to integrate the NMETL process into test plans
and should be included in the NWTS. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the other systems commands and the Board of Inspection
and Survey (INSURV) could also benefit from force-wide alignment to the NMETL construct of “Perform this Task …under
these Conditions …to a Standard of ….”
To implement Fleet Integration, a Title 10 NMETL could be developed that links all elements and echelons. Thereby,
clear chains for accountability and mission accomplishment could be identified, analyzed, and optimized.
Back to Clausewitz and Integrated
Recall Clausewitz’s notion that “War is a continuation of Policy with
other means.” Doctrinally, we discuss several instruments of national power-usually known as the “DIME”
concept. The United States employs diplomatic, information,
military and economic power to shape the world environment. National
Security Strategy documents describe how these instruments work in synergy to sustain American
values and influence. To fully assemble a model for integrated operations across all instruments of national power, (“Unified
Action” in doctrine), a “universal” task library could be constructed along the same six functions of movement,
situational awareness, employment of capabilities, sustainment of those capabilities, command and control (Boyd’s “Appreciation
and Leadership), and protection. The current UJTL is still “heat, blast and fragmentation
NMETL Advocacy recognizes the universal applicability of the concept for leading and managing at any level.
Boyd termed it the “OODA” loop. He used Observe, Orient, Decide and Act
as the process. Every leader must visualize the mission, understand the value provided by all contributors, verify
we are making process, and validate the COAs- to decide if/when/how/where/why to alter the plan to achieve mission success.
Let’s explore the process.