Understanding and decision making (JDP 04)

Provides military commanders and those that work with military with guidance on understanding and decision making for operations.



Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 04 introduces the reader to conceptual frameworks for thinking, problem solving and building teams. It introduces tools and frameworks for practical application.

It’s formed into 2 chapters and begins by discussing:

  • the basics of understanding
  • how to approach understanding in the operating environment
  • the factors bearing on developing understanding
  • what enables understanding

The second chapter introduces a theoretical concept for thinking, then develops ideas about the factors related to problem solving and how and why we think the way we do. It also discusses building effective teams and concludes with advice for commanders.

Published 1 December 2010
Last updated 14 December 2016 + show all updates
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