JDP 04 provides context and guidance on understanding and decision making for operations.
Developing and maintaining understanding contributes to success and effective decision making.
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.
Formed into 2 chapters, JDP 04 begins by discussing the basics of understanding, how to approach understanding in the operating environment, the factors bearing on developing understanding and 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. Chapter 2 also discusses building effective teams and concludes with advice for commanders.