Situation templating should not be the work of a single analyst. By using several
different analysts to develop a situation template, several options will be
identified. These options are analyzed to identify the most likely configuration,
thereby giving your commander an opportunity to deploy his forces in a manner that
will achieve success.
As enemy forces move along an MC, their actions will continue to be influenced by
weather and terrain. Since this movement is sequential, situation templates are
sequential snapshots of what the enemy might look like as It progresses.
The credibility of situation templates is directly related to the accuracy of the
threat evaluation, terrain analysis and weather analysis processes.
Figures 5-2, 5-3, and 5-4 show the development of situation templates.
Once in the MC, enemy forces must fight through or bypass built-up areas, constrict
his frontage to move through choke points, and negotiate obstacles. Areas within
the MC begin to relate to actions the threat commander must take to be successful,
as the terrain and situation dictate.
Situation templates and analysis of these potential events and activities provide
the basis for event template development. Event templating is the identification
and analysis of significant battlefield events and enemy activities which provide
Indicators of the enemy course of action. It is a projection of what will most
likely occur relative to the enemy courses of action.