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FM 34-36: Special Operations Forces Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations

APPENDIX C

SPECIAL OPERATIONS MISSION PLANNING FOLDER

The SOMPF consists of three parts: MTP, TIP, and POE. ARSOF units prepare SOMPFs when tasked by the theater CINC. The theater SOC prepares the transmittal documents and assembles the MTPs. The CINC mission guidance is the heart of the MTP. The CINC will task the Army component intelligence support agency and other appropriate intelligence agencies to produce the TIP.

The ARSOF unit assigned the mission will conduct an FA. The FA will determine if the target is a valid ARSOF target. The FA is reviewed by the theater SOC and the theater targeting board. Following review and approval of the FA, the theater targeting board tasks the MPA (through the theater SOC) to develop a POE.

MISSION TASKING PACKET

The MTP consists of tasking and transmittal documents, target identification data, and CINC mission guidance. Figure C-1 shows the format for the MTP.

SOF FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

The FA is a target feasibility analysis conducted by SOF commanders on nominated SOF targets. The FA is used by the MPA to analyze the viability of the target. The purpose of the FA is to address the following questions:

  • Is this a valid ARSOF mission?

  • Is it within the command's capability, unilaterally or as a joint operation, to accomplish the mission within an acceptable degree of risk?

Figure C-2 shows the format for a SOF FA. Detailed planning and the selection of a preferred COA is reserved for the development of a POE should the FA indicate that the mission is viable. All existing shortfalls that would preclude development of the FA must be identified immediately. At a minimum, imagery, area study, maps, and OB are required to produce the FA. The OB must be updated prior to deployment. The process outlined in this format may be compressed during adaptive targeting.

TARGET INTELLIGENCE PACKET

The TIP is tailored for the particular SOF mission. Figure C-3 shows the format for SOF DA or SR missions. Figure C-4 shows the format for SOF FID or UW missions.

PLAN OF EXECUTION FORMAT

The POE is a detailed plan of how the assigned SOF will carry out the validated mission assigned to them. The POE, in conjunction with mission rehearsals, is the end result of the mission planning process. POEs are also developed by the unit responsible for infiltration or exfiltration to and from the target area. Figures C-5 and C-6 show the formats for SOF POE.



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