a. Lesson Tie-in: MI units, just like any other unit need to write orders. Too often MI units just execute without going through the tactical decision making process and produce an order. In early 1990's, an MI unit was deployed in Latin America to provide force protection for the U.S. president. The commander and staff did a thorough tactical decisionmaking process and wrote a comprehensive order. Because of the effective planning, the unit was prepared and able to identify a threat to the president's life. MI units and leaders must use the tactical decisionmaking process and write an applicable, working order. Normally prior to an operation an OPORD is written and during an operation in response to changes, a FRAGO is written.

b. Objective: Given a brigade OPORD and collection plan, write a MI company OPORD.

c. Safety Considerations: None.

d. Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide the future MI commanders familization with the OPORD format and the information it should contain.

e. Procedure: During this class we will discuss the development of the five paragraph OPORD. Ask questions at any time. Periodically I will ask you questions to see how well you are following the material.



a. Paragraph one is the situation paragraph. It contains information on weather, terrain, enemy, and friendly situation. In subparagraph a. we cover how wx and terrain will affect the ability to conduct the mission. Include effects on IEW operation, light data, trafficability, line of sight and maneuverability.

Subparagraph b. deals with threats particular to the MI company. Include the big picture enemy threat, the proximity of your jammers to enemy ES/DF systems, rear area threats andthe threat of enemy air attacks.

SHOW SLIDE THREE b. The second half of paragraph 1, subparagraph c. covers the friendly situation. Include in this section the brigade mission and Cdrs intent. Also, your standard tactical mission or command relationship needs to be included. List the adjacent units and any other friendly unit data.

Subparagraph d. is attachments and detachments If the company has deployed teams, list their status here. If you have received assets from corps/higher also list them and their relationship.

SHOW SLIDE FOUR c. Paragraph two is the restated mission statement. After mission analysis, the commander will issue his mission statement. It must include purpose and the type of operation (task). It also must have all essential tasks.

SHOW SLIDE FIVE d. The next section is the commander's intent. This section contains the what and why of the operation. The intent should include: purpose, defeat mechanism, definition of success (often enemy's culminating point), risk, endstate, and linkage to future missions. Your Commanders Intent should be sufficiently clear and precise enough to enable your subordinates to take the right actions even in the absence of further orders from you.




e. Paragraph 3 is the execution paragraph. Subparagraph a. is concept of operation, it is composed of the scheme of maneuver and the concept of fires.
Subparagraph b. is instructions to subunits. It contains tasks other than collection missions.

f. Subparagraph c. covers coordinating instructions. It contains tasks that apply to two or more subunits. Frequently included information includes passage and rally points, routes, rehearsals, inspections, debriefings, MOPP status, site coordination and MI CO CCIR. CCIR is composed of PIRs, EEFI, and FFIR. A final note about paragraph three. The MI company must develop and maintain accurate operations graphics in support of the evecution paragraph. This will ensure that control measures and terrain management are coordinated with adjoining units. Remember to depict not only your own EBP (Electronic Battle Positions), but the locations of adjacent units as well.



g. Paragragh 4 is the service support paragraph. It contains information on logistics and service support that will ensure that the MI company can accomplish its mission. Typical information is CASEVAC, classes of supply, convoys, and maintenance. The MI company's equipment readiness status is normally posted on a resource status report (RSR). This report is mantained by the POC/ACT and goes to the ACE/TCAE who share the data with the MI Bn S3 and S4. It covers the systems' location and operational status. It is a good tool for managing your collection assets.

SHOW SLIDE NINE h. Paragraph 5 contains command and signal information. The command section shows the chain of command and location of command posts.

The signal section details signal procedures and communication nets. It should also cover COMEX information, reports, and crypto data.

SHOW SLIDE TEN 3: Conclusion:

a. Review of Main Points:
During this class we discussed the components of the five paragraph opord used by the Direct Support MI Company to direct its operations. The MI company OPORD will help ensure that your unit wins the information war. The OPORD and the brigade's collection plan violently executed are the keys to success. Your soldiers deserve a full five paragraph OPORD.

b. Questions or Comments: Does any one have any questions or comments on what we have just talked about?

c. Tie-In: As a future company commander you will use the five paragraph OPORD numerous times. You must therefore be thoroughly comfortable with it and proficient in its development.