IO Training

Training Schedule | Registration Information

Command Sponsored Courses include:



IOCAP Course

COURSE DESCRIPTION: IO Planners, and intelligence and information related capability support personnel will engage in 80 hours of intensive, fast-paced Information Operations (IO) training during the Information Operations Capabilities, Applications, and Planning Course (IOCAP). The course goal is for students to be able to Integrate Information Operations into staff planning in support of unit (Army) operations. The course curriculum details information operations; the role of the IO Planner; integrating Information Related Capabilities (IRC) into the Military Decision Making Process (focus on mission analysis and course of action development); the IO Planner's participation in other staff processes such as Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield, Targeting, and Assessment; and the importance of cultural considerations in information operations. IOCAP emphasizes the integration, synchronization and coordination of IRCs to shape the information environment in support of military operations. The training is entirely classroom based and uses lecture, discussion, problem-based/experiential learning-based facilitation, performance-based PEs, and a comprehensive capstone PE that employs a Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) scenario. The training is conducted at the collateral SECRET level for resident courses and at the UNCLASSIFIED level for MTTs. Graduates are eligible for the P4 (Tactical IO Planner) Additional Skill Identifier. Training is recommended for IO Planners, intelligence specialists in support of IO, or IRC representatives in support of IO.

PREREQUISITES: The IOCAP course is open to all members of DoD who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. Unit/organization leadership has determined the applicant has a requirement for a working knowledge of IO.

c. Clearance: For the resident course all applicants must hold a current U.S. SECRET clearance. On MTTs this is not required if the course is conducted at the unclassified level.

IO Fundamentals Course (This 40 hr course is available via mobile training team only)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The IO Fundamentals Course (IOFC) is for Soldiers and DoD Civilians and Contractors who require an understanding of the doctrine and principals associated with Army Information Operations but are not expected to be IO planners. The course curriculum covers information operations; the role of the IO Planner; integrating Information Related Capabilities (IRC) into the Military Decision Making Process (focus on mission analysis and course of action development); the IO Planner's participation in other staff processes such as Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield, Targeting, and Assessment; and the importance of cultural considerations in information operations. The training is entirely classroom based and uses lecture, discussion, problem-based/experiential learning-based facilitation, and performance-based PEs. The training is conducted at the UNCLASSIFIED level and is only available as an MTT. Personnel who will serve as IO Planners, Intelligence Specialists in support of IO, or as an IRC representative in support of IO should attend IOCAP rather than IOFC.

PREREQUISITES: The IOFC is open to all members of DoD who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. Unit/organization leadership has determined the applicant has a requirement for a working knowledge of IO.

c. Clearance: NA.

Military Deception Planners' Course (MDPC)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The 40-hour Military Deception Planners Course (MDPC) prepares students to plan, coordinate, and monitor the execution of military deception operations at any command and echelon level. Instruction is a combination of formal lecture and a practical exercise using a realistic training scenario. During the course, students are taught military deception terms and principles; legal and policy guidelines; military deception resources; and gain insight into time proven tactics, techniques, and procedures. The training is conducted at the SECRET level.

MPDC READING ASSIGNMENTS MS Powerpoint Document
Note: These reading assignments are for registered students only. After you are registered, the Course Manager will contact you with the password to provide access to these files.

PREREQUISITES: The MDPC course is open to all members of DoD who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in enlisted grade E6 or above, officer grade O3 or above, warrant officer grade WO1 or above, civilian grade GS/GG11 or above, and contractors in support of DoD as space is available.

b. Applicants must be assigned to or be programmed to support or perform MILDEC-related duties.

c. Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

d. U.S. Citizen

Military Information Support Operations Integration Course (MISOIC)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Military Information Support Operations Integration Course (MISOIC) is designed to introduce IO planners and IO capability specialists to the concepts, fundamentals, doctrine and capabilities of US Army Military Information Support Operations (MISO). Through 40 hours of platform instruction and hands-on practical exercises, the MISOIC provides IO planners and IO capability specialists with an overview of MISO roles and responsibilities; key terms and definitions; the history of MISO; MISO task organization; key equipment and capabilities; MISO programs and authorities; the seven-phase MISO development process; MISO's role in countering adversary information; discussion of several MISO case studies and most importantly the integration of MISO into IO planning using Military Decision Making (MDMP) and the targeting processes. The MISOIC is NOT a MISO qualification course, nor does it provide training on how to conduct MISO. The training is conducted at the SECRET level.

PREREQUISITES: The MISOIC is open to all members of DoD who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. Applicants must have completed service-related IO training to attend this course. The following training suffices for this requirement: IOCAP, IOFC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), IMIOPC (Marine CORPS), FA30, or IO 101 CBT.

c. Applicants must be currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

d. Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

e. U.S. Citizen.

Cyberspace Operations Integration Course (COIC)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The COIC is a 40-hour course designed to prepare Information Operations planners to Integrate, Synchronize, and Coordinate Cyberspace Operations in conjunction with other Information Related Capabilities, in support of the Commander's Information Operations Objectives. The Course focuses on: understanding Cyber Threats, Vectors, and Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs), applying Cyberspace Operations Policy, Doctrine, and Authorities; understanding cyber organizations roles, relationships, and responsibilities; applying Combatant Command Planning Frameworks; coordinating and integrating Intelligence Support to Cyberspace Operations; coordinating the integration of cyberspace targets into the targeting process; identifying key infrastructure, terrain, and information; integrating Cyberspace Operations in support of Information Operations Objectives; deconflicting Cyberspace Operations with other Information Related Capabilities (IRCs); conducting cyberspace-focused risk assessments; conducting operational assessments; coordinating cyberspace operations effects requests; and developing applicable orders, plans, and annexes.

PREREQUISITES:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen, holding a TS/SCI clearance, read on SI/TK.

c. Currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

d. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following prior to attendance: IOCAP, IOFC, IOQC, IOQC(RC), or JIOPC.

Electronic Warfare Integration Course (EWIC)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 40-hour course provides Information Operations (IO) planners the ability and knowledge to integrate, synchronize and coordinate Electronic Warfare (EW) effects to support IO. Students are introduced to Army and Joint EW concepts, fundamentals, doctrine and capabilities, then apply them in simulated IO planning activities with the aim of making them better integrators of EW into IO mission planning. The EWIC requires students to have completed prior IO training so that they can focus on the integration aspects of EW as IO planners on a staff. Training is conducted at the collateral SECRET//NOFORN level.

PREREQUISITES: The IOCAP course is open to all members of DoD who meet these prerequisites:

a. Applicants must have completed service-related IO training to attend this course. The following training suffices for this requirement: IOCAP, IOFC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), IMIOPC (Marine CORPS), FA30, or IO 101 CBT.

b. Applicants must be currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

c. Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

d. U.S. citizen.

Russian IW Seminar (RIWS)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: Over the past two decades, many analysts have observed that Russia is not simply conducting an information war, but rather a war on information itself. The global information environment has been impacted by coordinated and calculated actions undertaken by the Russian government to support its objectives at home and abroad. 1st Information Operation Command has developed the Russian Information Warfare (IW) Seminar with this global threat in mind. The unclassified seminar is a three day small-group event covering topics related to the real-world application of Russian IW strategies, doctrine and tactics. Participants examine several case studies related to Russian IW use in the 2nd Chechen War, Estonia, Georgia, and Crimea. The seminar concludes with a participant-driven working group focused on integrating the lessons learned from these conflicts into current U.S. Army Information Operations planning.

CAPACITY: Minimum 6, maximum 18.

PREREQUISITES:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen.

c. Currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

d. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following prior to attendance: IOCAP, IOFC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), IMIOPC (Marine CORPS), FA30, or IO 101 CBT.

Chinese IW Seminar (CIWS)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: China is widely considered one of the top three countries, along with Russia and the United States, pushing the envelope on information warfare (IW) strategy, development, and employment. IW is China’s information-age manifestation of age-old irregular and unconventional warfare tactics aimed at regional hegemony, only now China is emerging on more of a global scale, bolstered by increasing military might and a renewed focus on information dominance. 1st Information Operations Command has developed the China IW Seminar to examine China’s strategies and methodologies in the regional and global information environment. The unclassified seminar is a three-day, small-group event covering China’s real-world application of IW. Participants examine case studies on Chinese IW in a South China Sea context, and in relation to past and current events in North Korea. The seminar concludes with participants addressing Chinese IW in relation to U.S. Army Information Operations planning.

CAPACITY: Minimum 6, maximum 18.

PREREQUISITES:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen.

c. Currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

d. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following prior to attendance: IOCAP, IOFC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), IMIOPC (Marine CORPS), FA30, or IO 101 CBT.

ISIS IW Seminar (IIWS)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) poses an evolving threat to the US and its allies, and to world order. ISIS desires to retain and expand its caliphate to encompass all current Muslim lands and to provoke an apocalyptic war with the West. ISIS has synchronized its information warfare and military operations so that it can respond quickly and effectively to world events and emerging opportunities at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. ISIS is pushing the envelope through its unique global execution of IW, which may give rise to a Virtual Caliphate - a radicalized community organized online - that empowers the global Salafi-jihadi movement and could operate independently of ISIS. 1st Information Operations Command has developed the ISIS IW Seminar to examine ISIS’s strategies and methodologies at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of operations in the information environment. The unclassified seminar is a three-day, small-group event using videos, case studies, and selected readings to facilitate discussion. During the seminar Students development schemes of support for CONPLANs pertaining to ISIS scenarios for the Iraq and Syria areas of operation. The seminar includes participants addressing ISIS IW in relation to U.S. Army Information Operations planning.

CAPACITY: Minimum 6, maximum 18.

PREREQUISITES:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen.

c. Currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

d. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following prior to attendance: IOCAP, IOFC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), IMIOPC (Marine CORPS), FA30, or IO 101 CBT.

Information Operations Assessment Workshop (IOAW)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The IOAW is designed to provide a detailed examination of the assessment process in a collaborative workshop format, conducted in one-day, to provide maximum flexibility to requesting organizations. The unclassified workshop is delivered in three modules, using two individual or small group practical exercises to obtain desired results. Participants gain a better understanding of the assessment process, developing IO focused input to assessment plans and evaluating data in order to provide IO related assessment recommendations. The workshop is available only through the 1st IO CMD S3 TAB MTT request process. See ‘Request an MTT’ below.

Module I: Table Setter. "Road to War" discussion places participants in a Division IO planner role preparing to conduct stability operations.

Module II: Assessment Process. A facilitated discussion on assessment processes and techniques. Modules I & II conclude with the first workshop practical exercise, developing MOE and MOEI for IO Objectives.

Module III: IO Assessment Input. Participants analyze a wide variety of scenario related products including reports, survey/polling information, and open source documents and evaluate their IO OBJ status based on developed MOE and MOEI. As their final workshop product students provide an Assessment of their IO Objectives, with recommendations, to the class.

CAPACITY: Minimum 6, maximum 24.

PREREQUISITES:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6 or above, DoD Civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. Currently or projected to perform or assist with IO planning.

c. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following resident IO courses prior to attendance: IOCAP, IOFC, IOQC, IOQC(RC), or JIOPC.



FY18 Course Schedule

Command Orientation

  • 1801 – 19-20 Oct 17
  • 1802 – 18-19 Jan 18
  • 1803 – 5-6 Apr 18
  • 1804 – 12-13 Jul 18

MISOIC***

  • 1801 – 4-8 Dec 17
  • 1802 – 26 Feb – 2 Mar 18
  • 1803 – 14-18 May 18
  • 1804 – 13-17 Aug 18

IWS Russia (Seminar)***

  • 1801 – 7-9 Nov 17
  • 1802 – 1-3 May 18

 

IOCAP

  • 1801 – 23 Oct – 3 Nov 17
  • 1802 – 22 Jan – 2 Feb 18
  • 1803 – 9-20 Apr 18
  • 1804 – 16-27 Jul 18

MDPC

  • 1801 – 11-15 Dec 17
  • 1802 – 5-9 Mar 18
  • 1803 – 21-25 May 18
  • 1804 – 20-24 Aug 18

IWS China (Seminar)***

  • 1801 – 9-11 Jan 18
  • 1802 – 5-7 Jun 18

 

COIC***

  • 1801 – 13-17 Nov 17
  • 1802 – 5-9 Feb 18
  • 1803 – 23-27 Apr 18
  • 1804 – 30 Jul – 3 Aug 18








IWS ISIS (Seminar)***

  • 1801 – 21-23 Feb 18
  • 1802 – 19-21 Jun 18

 

EWIC***

  • 1801 – 27 Nov – 1 Dec 17
  • 1802 – 12-16 Feb 18
  • 1803 – 7-11 May 18
  • 1804 – 6-10 Aug 18

 

*** Requires prior IO training to attend.


For additional information on course content and registration procedures, please contact the Training Branch POC’s:

Training administrator
COMM: (703) 428-4976/4336
DSN: 328-4976/4336
Email: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.list.training-support@mail.mil

UNIFORM: Military attire is Service duty uniform, Civilian attire is business casual.

RESIDENT ENROLLMENT: Uniformed military are required to enroll through ATRRS, school code 024. Where ATRRS enrollment is not available for uniformed military, and for all other applicants enrollment is done through SF 182 (click to download the form), submitted to: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.list.training-support@mail.mil.

REQUEST AN MTT: Complete the MTT Request Form (click to download the form) and forward it to: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.list.training-support@mail.mil.

MTT ENROLLMENT: Once the MTT is coordinated, 1st IOC will add the course to ATRRS. At that point unit training personnel are responsible for adding their personnel to the course.

PREREQUISITE WAIVER POLICY: Each TAB course has a list of prerequisites, as described above. The policy for waivers to certain prerequisites may be downloaded here: Prerequisite Waiver Policy Memorandum

ATRRS GRADUATION: After the course (resident or MTT) 1st IOC will reconcile SF 182s with ATRRS and graduate students in ATRRS as appropriate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information contact the Training Administrator at (703) 428-4976 or 4336, or send an email to: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.list.training-support@mail.mil.