The troop-leading procedures are integrally coupled and consistent with the military decision-making process described in FM 101-5. The two processes are not identical, however, because the specific steps of the MDMP are designed to help commanders and their staffs develop a plan. While company commanders have subordinate leaders who assist with aspects of planning operations, these leaders are not company staff officers. The TLP reflect this reality while incorporating the general process of the MDMP.
D-1. LINKING THE TLP AND MDMP.
The troop-leading procedures are a sequence of actions that enable the company commander to use available time effectively in the preparation and execution of company missions. They are tools to assist the company commander in making decisions, issuing combat orders, and supervising operations. The MDMP and TLP are linked by information sharing and flow. The type, amount, and timeliness of the information from battalion to company directly impact the company commander's TLP. FM 101-5 describes a process in which the company commander receives three battalion warning orders prior to the battalion OPORD being issued. This is situationally dependent. All staffs in all situations may not follow the MDMP steps as listed in FM 101-5 for a variety of reasons (such as time, experience level, tactical situation, and so on). However, as a guide, the company TLP must be inextricably linked to the information flow from the next higher headquarters.
D-2. PARALLEL AND COLLABORATIVE PLANNING
Parallelism and collaboration are inherent planning concepts in both the MDMP and TLP. They ultimately provide the important linkage between the planning processes. Concurrent effort and sharing of information are critical to the company commander's efficient, effective planning and the company's successful mission accomplishment. Figure D-1, depicts the importance of parallelism and collaboration between the MDMP (battalion) and the TLP (company), with references to specific paragraphs in the OPORD.
Figure D-1. TLP inputs.
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