There is a debate underway to rescind the use of ASCOPE (area, structure, capabilities, organization, people, event) as the methodology to understand the civilian considerations, or “C”, in METT-TC. Some argue that PMESII-PT (political, military, economic, social, information, infrastructure, physical environment and time), is sufficient to explain both operational variables as well as mission variables of METT-TC, or at least the civil considerations. The diagram at left is the one proposed by those looking to rescind ASCOPE.

Currently, there is an active collection model and application for ASCOPE which tells the user specifically what to look for within the human and physical terrain and how they interact. Is there an effective and active collection model for tactical units using PMESII-PT? Are tactical units going to have to shift and learn PMESII-PT in training and operations down to the small unit level and develop their own collection model? Should ASCOPE be rescinded in favor of using PMESII-PT? Why or why not?




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