"The Common Operating Picture (COP) is a military acronym synonymous with seeing and understanding the battlespace and Joint Operating Area (JOA). When applied to a significant disaster, whether natural or manmade, the COP provides a timely view and perspective of responses within the JOA. In a large scale disaster the challenges of planning, coordinating and executing interagency, international and domestic response elements are compounded by the need for a quick life-saving response. The Common Operational Picture and Planning Environment (COPPE) is a theoretical approach and planning methodology, designed to leverage technology, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) data and the situational awareness of the COP. The COPPE uses a basic principal to determine the population and critical infrastructure assets within a disaster area on to base response plans. Portions of the COPPE have been prototyped in coordination with the University of Denver ensuring technical viability of the proposed features. There are several technical prototype design issues that have been glossed for brevity. Lastly, the COPPE and its accompanying methodology are described against a mock disaster scenario to demonstrate its effectiveness."
North American Aerospace Defense Command; United States. Northern Command