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IO Training Branch Overview

The 1st Information Operations Command Training and Analysis Branch administers or arranges comprehensive IO training for 1st IO Command personnel. Training ranges from that required for newly assigned personnel to sustainment training and specialized training for technical personnel. The branch arranges for 1st IO Command personnel to attend schools and courses provided by other Services, agencies, industry and academia. All Command courses are available to DoD and OGAs as Mobile Training events through a simple request process. For 1st IO Command Training support, contact the branch at: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.mbx.training-support@mail.mil.

IO Training

Training Schedule | Registration Information

Courses Seminars, Working Groups, and Situation Training Exercises include:

Army Information Operations Planners' Course (AIOPC)

SCOPE:The Army Information Operations Planners' Course (AIOPC) curriculum specifically details the capability and application of Army information operations; the role of the IO Planner; integration of 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/social considerations in information operations. Using a scenario-based exercise, Soldiers learn to plan, integrate, synchronize, coordinate and assess IO to support an approved course of action, line of effort, or named operation. They employ various IO tools to capture and brief the results of their planning and analysis, such as the Combined Information Overlay (CIO), IO Synch Matrix and a Scheme of IO (Sketch and Statement). AIOPC emphasizes IRC integration, synchronization and coordination to shape the information environment in support of military operations. The training is entirely classroom based and uses lecture, discussion, problem-based or experiential learning-based facilitation, performance-based PEs, and a comprehensive capstone PE. Graduates are eligible for the P4 Additional Skill Identifier. AIOPC is recommended for IO Planners, intelligence specialists in support of IO, or IRC representatives in support of IO.

DURATION: 80 hours (2 weeks)

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: Resident course is SECRET, MTTs are UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 48 (Resident), 18 (MTT)

PREREQUISITES: The AIOPC is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

d. Clearance: For the resident course all applicants must hold a current U.S. SECRET clearance.

IO Fundamentals Course (IOFC)

SCOPE: 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. Personnel who will serve as IO Planners, Intelligence Specialists in support of IO, or as an IRC representative in support of IO should attend AIOPC rather than IOFC.

DURATION: 40 hours (1 week)

FORMATS: MTT only

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 48

PREREQUISITES: The IOFC is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

d. Clearance: NA

Information Operations Integration Course - Electronic Warfare (IIC-EW)

SCOPE: Students are introduced to EW concepts, fundamentals, doctrine and capabilities within the Department of Defense (DOD) with a focus on EW's integration with the other information-related capabilities (IRCs) ISO Information Operations (IO) for overall mission planning. IIC-EW topics build on one another as the course progresses. In addition to an Information Operations/IRC focus, EW topics also educate students to integrate EW into IO by understanding current and emerging EW doctrine; the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS); radio frequency propagation; EW systems and capabilities; EMS management; EW emerging technologies; and planning and employment of EW in support of Information Operations. The course culminates with students demonstrating what they have learned by integrating EW into IO for a scenario-based mission planning exercise.

DURATION: 40 hours (1 week)

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: SECRET

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 48

PREREQUISITES: The IIC-EW is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-4 or above, DoD civilians GS/GG-9 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen.

c. Clearance: Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

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

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

Information Operations Integration Course - Military Information Support Operations (IIC-MISO)

SCOPE: In the IIC-MISO Course, students will learn how to leverage programs and authorities of MISO to counter adversary information warfare, incorporate MISO into IO planning support for the Military Decision-Making Process and the targeting process, and successfully coordinate and synchronize integration of MISO with other IRCs that support mission-oriented IO objectives and desired operational outcomes. The course provides an Operational Planner with an overview and understanding of MISO roles and responsibilities; key terms and definitions; history of MISO; task organization; key equipment and capabilities; programs and authorities of MISO; the seven-phase MISO development process; countering adversary information; IO and MISO support to the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) and the targeting process; and most importantly, the integration, coordination, and synchronization of MISO with the other IRCs. The IIC-MISO is NOT a qualification course for MISO; nor does it provide training on how to conduct Psychological Operations.

DURATION: 40 hours (1 week)

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: SECRET

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 48

PREREQUISITES: The IIC-MISO is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

c. Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

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

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

Information Operations Integration Course - Cyberspace Operations (IIC-CO)

SCOPE: Students are introduced to Cyberspace Operations (CO) concepts, fundamentals, doctrine, policies and capabilities within the Department of Defense (DOD) with a focus on the evaluation of CO integration with the other information-related capabilities (IRCs) ISO Information Operations for overall mission planning. IIC-CO topics build on one another as the course progresses. Topics include CO doctrine and policy frameworks; Cyberspace as an Operational Domain; IO Overview; Cyber Threat; Integrating CO; Planning CO; Intelligence Support; Cyberspace Infrastructure and Key Terrain; Joint Targeting; and Integrating CO ISO the JFC. The course culminates with students demonstrating what they have learned by evaluating the integration of CO in a scenario-based mission planning exercise.

DURATION: 40 hours (1 week)

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: TS/SCI

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 36 (Resident), 20 (MTT)

PREREQUISITES: The IIC-CO is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

c. Current U.S. TS/SCI clearance, read on SI/TK.

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

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

Military Deception Planners' Course (MDPC)

SCOPE: The Military Deception Planners' Course (MDPC) prepares students to plan, coordinate, and monitor the execution of Military Deception (MILDEC) operations at any command and echelon level. Instruction is a combination of formal lecture and practical exercises using a realistic training scenario. During the course, students are given a grounding in MILDEC terms and principles, legal and policy guidelines, and MILDEC resources; Students also gain insight into time-proven tactics, techniques, and procedures.

DURATION: 40 hours (1 week)

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: SECRET

CAPACITY: Min 12; Max 36 (Resident), 24 (MTT)

PREREQUISITES: The MDPC is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors who meet these prerequisites:

a. Uniformed military personnel in grade E-6, W1, O3 or above, DoD civilians GS/GG-11 or above, and contractors in support of DoD.

b. U.S. Citizen.

c. Current U.S. SECRET clearance.

d. Applicant must be assigned to or be programmed to support or perform MILDEC-related duties.

Russian Information Warfare Seminar (RIWS)

SCOPE The seminar is a 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.

DURATION: 3 days

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 18

PREREQUISITES: The RIWS is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

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

Chinese Information Warfare Seminar (CIWS)

SCOPE : This two-day seminar is designed to give IO planners an opportunity to examine China's unique information warfare (IW) goals, capabilities, and exploits, in order to inform future planning efforts. It covers the evolution of Chinese IW and Chinese IW focus areas, then has students apply this knowledge in multiple facilitated discussions, and by simulating Chinese IW employment in a mock South China Sea scenario.

DURATION: 2 days

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 18

PREREQUISITES: The CIWS is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

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

ISIS Information Warfare Seminar (IIWS)

SCOPE The seminar examines ISIS's strategies and methodologies at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of operations in the information environment. The seminar is a small-group event using videos, case studies, and selected readings to facilitate discussion. During the seminar, students will be analyzing ISIS Operations in Iraq and Syria and ISIS's possible projected areas for future operations. The seminar includes participants addressing ISIS IW in relation to U.S. Army Information Operations planning.

DURATION: 3 days

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 18

PREREQUISITES: The IIWS is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

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

North Korea Information Warfare Seminar (NKIWS)

SCOPE This two-day seminar is designed to discuss Korean history, the rise of the Kim Dynasty, political philosophies and actions, and how they shape the nation's Information Warfare (IW) efforts in support of North Korea's national goals. Through multiple facilitated discussions, participants will demonstrate their understanding of past IW actions and their intent, then project possible future courses of action.

DURATION: 3 days

FORMATS: Resident and MTT

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 18

PREREQUISITES: The NKIWS is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

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

Information Operations Assessment Workshop (IOAW)

SCOPE: 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 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.

DURATION: 1 day

FORMATS: MTT only

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 24

PREREQUISITES: The IIWS is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

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

Information Operations Situational Training Exercise (IO-STX)

SCOPE: The exercise covers the first three steps of MDMP and is designed to exercise students working in small groups of 2 to 8. It is designed to exercise IO planning skills the students are expected to already have - as refresher training or to sharpen skills for deploying FSTs. The exercise builds off the IOCAP/AIOPC course training using the same scenario data. Students are expected to walk-in ready to begin following a short introduction to the training. Mentors are there to assist students through the exercise and will provide remedial training as required to keep students moving forward.

DURATION: 20 hours (conducted in two ten hour days)

FORMATS: MTT only

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAPACITY: Min 6, max 18

PREREQUISITES: The IO-STX is open to all members of DoD and supporting contractors 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. U.S. Citizen.

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

d. Applicants must have completed service-related IO training to attend this course. The following training suffices for this requirement: AIOPC/IOCAP, IOFC, IOQC, TIOPC, JIOPC, IOIC (Air Force Training), or IMIOPC (Marine CORPS). Computer Based Training (CBT) - such as IO 101 or IOJW - do not suffice.

FY19 Course Schedule

As of 1 Oct 2018: IOCAP is the Army IO Planners Course (AIOPC) and COIC, EWIC, & MISOIC are renamed: IO Integration Course (IIC) - Cyberspace Operation (CO), - Electronic Warfare (EW), and - Military Information Support Operations (MISO)

Orientation (1st IOC only)

  • 1901 - 11-12 Oct 18
  • 1902 - 24-25 Jan 19
  • 1903 - 4-5 Apr 19
  • 1904 - 11-12 Jul 19

IIC-MISO***

  • 1901 - 26-30 Nov 18
  • 1902 - 25 Feb - 1 Mar 19
  • 1903 - 6-10 May 19
  • 1904 - 12-16 Aug 19

IWS Russia (Seminar)***

  • 1901 - 11-13 Dec 18
  • 1902 - 4-6 Jun 19

 

AIOPC

  • 1901 - 15 Oct - 26 Oct 18
  • 1902 - 7-18 Jan 19
  • 1903 - 8-19 Apr 19
  • 1904 - 15-26 Jul 19

MDPC

  • 1901 - 3-7 Dec 18
  • 1902 - 4-8 Mar 19
  • 1903 - 13-17 May 19
  • 1904 - 19-23 Aug 19

IWS China (Seminar)***

  • 1901 - 12-13 Feb 19
  • 1902 - 11-12 Jun 19

 

IIC-CO***

  • 1901 - 29 Oct - 2 Nov 18
  • 1902 - 28 Jan - 1 Feb 19
  • 1903 - 22-26 Apr 19
  • 1904 - 29 Jul - 2 Aug 19








IWS ISIS (Seminar)***

  • 1901 - 20-22 Feb 19
  • 1902 - 18-20 Jun 19

 

IIC-EW***

  • 1901 - 5-9 Nov 18
  • 1902 - 4-8 Feb 19
  • 1903 - 29 Apr - 3 May 19
  • 1904 - 5-9 Aug 19








NKIWS (Seminar)***

  • Pilot - 19-21 Nov 18
  • 1901 - 25-27 June 19

 


FY20 Course Schedule

Resident Course Schedule

Orientation (1st IOC only)

  • 2001 - 17-18 Oct 19
  • 2002 - 23-24 Jan 20
  • 2003 - 2-3 Apr 20
  • 2004 - 9-10 Jul 20
















MDPC***

  • 2001 - 9-13 Dec 19
  • 2002 - 24-28 Feb 20
  • 2003 - 11-15 May 20
  • 2004 - 17-21 Aug 20

IO Courses

AIOPC***

  • 2001 - 21 Oct-1 Nov 19
  • 2002 - 6-17 Jan 20
  • 2003 - 6-17 Apr 20
  • 2004 - 13-24 Jul 20

IIC-CO***

  • 2001 - 2-6 Dec 19
  • 2002 - 27-31 Jan 20
  • 2003 - 20-24 Apr 20
  • 2004 - 27-31 Jul 20

IIC-EW***

  • 2001 - 4-8 Nov 19
  • 2002 - 3-7 Feb 20
  • 2003 - 27 Apr-1 May 20
  • 2004 - 29 3-7 Aug 20

IIC-MISO***

  • 2001 - 18-22 Nov 19
  • 2002 - 10-14 Feb 20
  • 2003 - 4-8 May 20
  • 2004 - 10-14 Aug 20

IO Oriented Seminars

IWS Russia (Seminar)***

  • 2001 - 22-24 Jan 20
  • 2002 - 23-25 Jun 20

 

IWS China (Seminar)***

  • 2001 - 13-15 Nov 19
  • 2002 - 19-21 May 20

 

IWS ISIS (Seminar)***

  • 2001 - 3-6 Mar 20
  • 2002 - 25-28 Aug 20

 

NKIWS (Seminar)***

  • 2001 - 10-12 Mar 20
  • 2002 - 1-3 Sep 20

 

  *** 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.mbx.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 - TAB Course, July 19, submitted to: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.mbx.training-support@mail.mil. In preparing the SF 182 please complete the highlighted (amber) cells, on pages 1 and 2. Anything additional is not required by 1st IO Command. In the numbered blocks; 'Notes', help explain how to fill it out; 'Exp' is example content; and in 'Section B', data entered pertinent to the school house is the actual data to use - cells 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d.

REQUEST AN MTT: Complete the MTT Request Form (click to download the form) and forward it to: usarmy.belvoir.1-io-cmd.mbx.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, 6 August 19

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.mbx.training-support@mail.mil.