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The Navy Planning Process (NPP), as institutionalized in NWP 5-01, provides a good process for planners to assist a Commander is making good decisions. It must be clearly understood, however, that NWP 5-01 describes a process and is not a checklist to be blindly followed. To employ the NPP as more than just an analytic checklist, planning practitioners must internalize the concepts of planning so that the process becomes intuitive. The only way to do this is to be educated on the process and then use it extensively. In that vein, it is critical for Navy professionals to understand that the NPP is not just for planning major operations. If the NPP is internalized, the concepts become natural to use for making any decisions or providing any recommendations, including at the tactical level, non-warfighting challenges, and even in your daily life.

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