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Navy planning teams have done a good job of including RCPA in their COA development. However, this valuable planning tool is often misunderstood and seldom used to its full effect. Instead of focusing on numbers and types of potential adversary platforms, planners should look carefully at the offensive and defensive capabilities that each platform or group brings to the fight and examine how those capabilities compare to those of US forces. This article illustrates how capabilities based RCPA can be more effective to a planning team in determining strengths and weaknesses both friendly and adversary forces bring to bear.

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