4. Grasp "Universal"

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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.

Our universal 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.

The fourteen 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 Operations.

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[17] 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),[18] and protection. The current UJTL is still “heat, blast and fragmentation warfare” centric.


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.

Go to Step 5 Adopt the process

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