a term used both in DSRP and VMCL. In DSRP, alignment refers to the degree of similarity between one's mental model (M) and reality (R), sometimes called "probability of alignment." In VMCL, alignment refers to the degree that the four functions of the organization (Vision (V), Mission (M)Capacity (C), and Learning (L) are in alignment with each other. These individual connections of alignment are called "coupled" as in "M and V are coupled." This, if V is coupled with M, M with C, and C with L, then there is alignment.