Soldiers' Fives

Aide Memoire: The CONOPs Backbrief

By Tom McDermott February 13, 2019


The CONOPS is a verbal or graphic statement, in broad outline, of intent in regard to an operation.

The CONOPS will be embodied in the OPPLAN and ultimately the OPORD.

This handy aide gives you a guide to the style of brief utilised to communicate the CONOPS to a superior, to staff or to the commander of a flanking unit.

It is suited to all junior leaders. The brief may be supported by an overlay with details such as groupings, disposition of manoeuvre elements and key control measures.

The brief should be succinct and take no longer than 5-7 min.



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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