The Army Problem Solving Model and The Rapid Decision Making and Synchronization Process

1114 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
1. Compare and Contrast the Army Problem Solving Model (Process) with the Rapid Decision Making and Synchronization Process. (C100) Military leaders make decisions and solve problems every day. Some need a decision quickly while others can take time. The US Army has several decision-making methods to assist leaders. The Army Problem Solving Model (Process) (PSM) is a systematic approach to identifying the best possible solution to an issue or problem and a deliberate method of decision-making (FM 6-0, 2009). Leaders use it to solve a problem when time is not critical and they can put some thought into different solutions. The solution must be objective and based on facts in order for the decision to be relevant and practical. The…show more content…
Although both techniques use COA development, that is where the similarity ends; with PSM, the staff develops COAs that are different in order to attempt to solve the issue in unrelated ways. Once these are developed and analyzed against set criteria, then compare the COAs to each other to determine which COA is the best solution and accomplishes the commander’s intent and end state. The staff then recommends the soundest COA to the commander. The RDM is unlike the PSM in that normally the staff only concentrates on one COA, with much influence and guidance by the commander. This does not give an optimal solution to the problem but it does give a quick one that still meets the commander’s intent and gives the best probability to achieve mission success. The earlier discussion related to time also identifies another difference: the process a staff uses to solve a problem. PSM relies on an analytical approach to identifying solutions and is a seven-step process whereas RDM is only five steps, another obvious difference. After identifying a problem, the staff must gather all pertinent information that factors into why there is a problem or how to solve it and then develop criteria against which to judge any viable solutions. The staff then develops COAs. This is where the main difference is. With PSM, the staff compares each COA against each other but in RDM, they chose a COA to analyze to ensure it is feasible, suitable and acceptable (FM 5-0,

More about The Army Problem Solving Model and The Rapid Decision Making and Synchronization Process

Open Document