Prospective JIOPC Students: Due to heavy demand for JIOPC, the course will be seated and closed four weeks prior to the course start date.
The mission of the Joint Information Operations Planners Course (JIOPC) is to establish a common level of understanding for IO planners and IO capability specialists who will serve in joint operational-level IO billets. This course is a prerequisite for personnel assigned to the Joint IO career force.
The objective of the JIOPC is to educate and train military students between the ranks of 0-4 through 0-6, and DoD Civilian equivalents, to plan, integrate, and synchronize full spectrum IO into joint operational-level plans and orders. The school accomplishes this through class presentations, guest lectures, case studies, and practical exercises in a joint seminar environment. Specifically, the course focuses on the following six (6) learning areas:
- Joint Operations Planning and Execution System (JOPES)
- Joint Intelligence Preparation of the Environment
- IO Planning
- Interagency Planning & Coordination
- Military Deception (MILDEC)
- Operations Security (OPSEC)
Throughout the course the students use traditional planning methodologies within the joint planning community. The course is based upon joint doctrine that is reinforced, when necessary, by a compilation of various tactics, techniques, and procedures from throughout the department of defense.
The JIOPC is only taught in residence at the Joint Forces Staff College.
Students will be assigned to a working group consisting of approximately eight to ten individuals led by a faculty mentor. The group faculty mentor will appoint a student group leader. Each student in the group is expected to participate in the group work as directed by the student group leader and the faculty mentor. Each group will conduct their planning in parallel on the same problem. Students will be required to contribute to the development of written products and briefings.
Four (4) weeks (approximately 150 hours). JIOPC DOES include material taught in the one-week Joint IO Orientation Course (JIOOC).
All students are required to actively participate in the practical exercise, discussions, and presentations to successfully complete the course. Practical exercises and student participation will be formally evaluated. Students will attend all classes while in residence in order to obtain the certificate of completion. If students need 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.
Security Clearance Requirements
All students enrolled in the JIOPC must possess a final U.S. Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). (more...)
For additional security clearance information please contact the JFSC SSO at 757-443-6324/26 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarters: Quarters are usually available on the JFSC compound – but space is limited. If you indicated quarters were desired during your on-line registration process, then a room has automatically been reserved for you. Two weeks prior to the start of class, we recommend calling the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites at commercial 757-963-9600 to verify that a room has been assigned and to obtain a confirmation number.
Statements of non-availability of quarters will be issued only if quarters are unavailable. Please contact the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites for latest rates.
If you are staying on base, pick up your key at the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites office. The office is open 24/7. Please ask the Guard on duty at the Front Gate for directions to the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites.
The following link is to other on-base billeting options in the local area.
The following link is to the Navy Lodge located across the street from the JFSC compound.
Some additional off-base quarters in the local area provided for your convenience:
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 thirty (30) days prior to the course start date. To apply for a JIOPC seat, use the following link: https://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/des/JCIWSRegistration/welcome.asp
O-4 to O-6 or DoD civilian equivalent.
Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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.
Joint Pub 3-13, Joint Information Operations, 27 November 2012.
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.
Last Update: 07 March 2013