The objective of the Joint Information Operations Orientation Course is to educate and train U.S. Government (USG) personnel in the military grades of Lieutenant/Captain (O-3) to Captain/Colonel (0-6) and civilian equivalents in the basics of joint Information Operations (IO), with a primary emphasis at the Combatant Command level. Specifically, the course focuses on teaching joint IO doctrine and Department of Defense IO policy guidance as they apply to the operational level of joint warfare. This course is particularly relevant to those serving in support of IO cells and other staff positions that require a basic knowledge of Joint IO. If IO planning skills are desired, then the student should take the JIOPC.
The course gives students a common baseline of IO knowledge upon which to build practical skills and abilities to employ IO tools and techniques. In this one-week course, students are exposed to four blocks of instruction: Strategy; Intelligence support; Information Related Capabilities (IRC); and Organization, Training, and Equipping. Each block of instruction includes a combination of instructor lecture, guest speaker presentations, guided discussions and/or panel discussions.
Students are expected to attend all classes while in residence. Those needing to conduct other business while TDY to the college should plan to do it outside of class hours, or, extend their time in the area.
One week (approximately 38 hours of classroom instruction).
Individuals currently serving on a Unified Command staff or Joint IO cell have priority for quotas. Personnel from other commands may apply; however, seats will not be allocated until forty-five (45) days prior to the course start date. To apply for a JIOOC seat, use the following link: https://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/des/JCIWSRegistration/welcome.asp
O-3 to O-6 or DoD civilian equivalent. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Security Clearance Requirement
Security: Students are reminded they must possess a TS/SCI clearance. Any questions involving clearances may be directed to our SSO at commercial 210-977-4675, DSN 969-4675.
All doors within the JRIC require a proximity badge and PIN for entry. The course staff will have proximity badges to grant entry to student to the necessary areas. Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, laptops and other similar electronic devices are prohibited in the SCIF. Please do not bring them to class with you.
Quarters: No billeting arrangements have been made for this course. You will be required to obtain your own billeting. Rooms may be available on Lackland AFB or in Kelly Billeting. Central Reservations for billeting is 210-671-3622/4277/0047 or e-mail email@example.com. Lackland DSN is 473-xxxx. Due to a high amount of volume calls, it would be best to dial the main desk directly at 210-671-0158, or DSN 473-0158. Kelly Billeting is located two blocks from the classroom. We recommend that you request billeting at Kelly. Good hotel options include downtown San Antonio (approx. 15 minutes from Lackland) and along NW Loop I-410 and Highway 151. Students may be required to obtain a statement of non-availability prior to arranging commercial billeting.
Provided for your convenience, some additional off-base quarters in the local area:
1) SpringHill Suites San Antonio, (210) 520-6655
2) Homewood Suites by Hilton San Antonio-Riverwalk/Downtown, (210) 222-1515
3) Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld/Lackland, (210) 647-4100
Please read the following articles to help prepare you for the first day of class. We will provide additional reference/reading material during the first day of the course.
Lesson 1A1: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Assymetrical Conflict, Marvin Kalb, John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University, February, 2007, pp. 3-39.
Lesson 1A2: A Theory Based View of IO, Marc J. Romanych, IO Sphere, Spring 2005.
Lesson 1A2: When Do We Teach the Basics? Donald E. Vandergriff, Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 58, 3rd Quarter 2010.
Lesson 1A3: Where are the JIACGs today? InterAgency Journal Vol. 2, Summer 2011.
Link to Additional Readings
Last update: 06 March 2013