RSO& COMBAT POWER TRACKING CHARTS
1. Tracking combat power is the monitoring of a unit's status (equipment, personnel, and training) and location during deployment and before integration. Defining combat power for a unit needs to be broken into five subordinate pieces:
2. Combat capability by unit comes from slant reports per the unit's tactical standing operating procedures (TACSOPs). Slant needs to be clearly defined, and most units do not do this. A good way to look at slant for a particular system is to define critical areas needed for a system to be mission capable, i.e., shoot, move, communicate, sustain, force protection, training, personnel/crew status, and command and control (C2). The charts presented in this appendix provide a technique to track the building of combat power in these same eight categories:
3. Logistics capability needs to be based on logistical reporting in accordance with unit TACSOPs.
4. Mobility-survivability status comes from the same reporting system defined by the same critical areas. The actual systems tracked or reported will vary depending on the type of operation being conducted. Offensive and defensive operations usually have completely different needs.
5. C3I status is a more subjective evaluation based on METT-T requirements and includes consideration of:
6. Overall unit rating equals the lowest color of subordinate ratings. (EXAMPLE: If a platoon is black in logistics capability and green in combat systems, then the overall platoon rating is black.)
7. These charts provide a technique for accurately and systemically reporting combat, combat support, combat service support, and C3I capabilities, incorporating a logical, sequencial flow of information from the individual vehicle to the brigade. These charts are a recommended technique for tracking combat power, and can be further refined or tailored to fit a unit's task organization and SOP.
Appendix A: Glossary of Common RSO& Terms
Appendix C: Sample RSO& Appendices for OPORD
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