During the week of 22-25 March, a planning team from MNC NE conducted a terrain reconnaissance of northeastern Poland to understand the topography of the MNC AOO. The MNC NE team drove over 1600 kilometers throughout the MNC NE AOO to understand the terrain factors that apply to the cohesive defense of NATO territorial integrity. Key to building this understanding were reconnaissance of the Mansurian lakes, Suwalki corridor, and the borders between the four nations in the region.
Leadership is an Art author Max Du Pree wrote that "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality for the team." Meaning that every leader must understand planning factors for the team and accurately ensure that that understanding translates down to their team members. Before stepping into the fight, leaders must understand their organization's strengths, weaknesses, and ideal operating terrain. Each adversary has the same opportunity to use the environment to its advantage.