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APPENDIX D

SPECIAL OPERATIONS MISSION PLANNING FOLDER

This appendix provides guidance for preparing a special operations mission planning folder. Items discussed are the mission tasking letter, mission tasking package, feasibility assessment, initial assessment, target intelligence package, and direct action and special reconnaissance missions. Also discussed are the target intelligence package, foreign internal defense, unconventional warfare missions, SOF plan of execution, and plan of execution for infiltrations and exfiltrations.

D-1. MISSION TASKING LETTER

The JFSOCC assigns missions to SOF commanders on the basis of the joint targeting process described in Chapter 3 of this publication and Joint Publication 3-05.5. Along with the commander who is responsible for executing the mission, the JFSOCC selects a joint special operations area. Missions may range from a specified task to a broad, continuing mission order. Figure D-1 shows the sample format for a mission tasking letter.

Figure D-1. Sample format for a mission tasking letter

Figure D-1. Sample format for a mission tasking letter (continued)

D-2. MISSION TASKING PACKAGE

Each mission tasking package consists of a mission tasking letter and the transmittal documents. Figure D-2 shows the items included in the mission tasking package.

Figure D-2. Sample format for a mission tasking package

D-3. FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

The feasibility assessment is a basic target analysis that provides an initial determination of the viability of a proposed target for SOF employment. Normally, the feasibility assessment is associated with the SOF ground element. When an ASOATF is given a unilateral mission to conduct a DA or an SR mission, the feasibility assessment should be used for target analysis. It should include an initial assessment as shown in paragraph D-4. Figure D-3 provides a sample format for a feasibility assessment.

Figure D-3. Sample format for a feasibility assessment

Figure D-3. Sample format for a feasibility assessment (continued)

D-4. INITIAL ASSESSMENT

The initial assessment provides a basic determination of the viability of the infiltration and exfiltration portion of a proposed SOF mission. If the mission is to support another Army or Navy SOF mission, the initial assessment will be incorporated into the feasibility assessment as needed to help establish the overall viability of that mission. The initial assessment will be forwarded to the MPA for review and approval before it is forwarded to the JFSOCC. Figure D-4 provides a sample format for an initial assessment.

Figure D-4. Sample format for an initial assessment

Figure D-4. Sample format for an initial assessment (continued)

D-5. TARGET INTELLIGENCE PACKAGE FOR DIRECT ACTION AND SPECIAL RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS

Figure D-5 provides a sample format for a special operations forces target intelligence package for direct action and special reconnaissance missions.

Figure D-5. Sample format for a target intelligence package for direct action and special reconnaissance missions

Figure D-5. Sample format for a target intelligence package for direct action and special reconnaissance missions (continued)

D-6. TARGET INTELLIGENCE PACKAGE FOR FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE MISSIONS

Figure D-6 shows a sample format for a target intelligence package for foreign internal defense and unconventional warfare missions.

Figure D-6. Sample format for a target intelligence package for foreign internal defense and unconventional warfare missions

Figure D-6. Sample format for a target intelligence package for foreign internal defense and unconventional warfare missions (continued)

D-7. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES PLAN OF EXECUTION

The POE is a detailed plan that shows how the SOF mission will be carried out. This plan, along with the SOA POE for infiltration and exfiltration and mission rehearsals, is the result of the targeting and mission planning process. It also describes the supporting infiltration and exfiltration plan (paragraph D-8) developed by the supporting organization. Figure D-7 shows a sample format for a plan of execution.

Figure D-7. Sample format for a plan of execution

Figure D-7. Sample format for a plan of execution (continued)

Figure D-7. Sample format for a plan of execution (continued)

D-8. PLAN OF ACTION FOR INFILTRATIONS AND EXFILTRATIONS

The POE for infiltration and exfiltration is a detailed plan that shows exactly how the SOA will carry out the mission they are assigned. This plan, along with the supported elements' POE and mission rehearsals, is the result of the targeting and mission planning process. It includes fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, surface ships, and submarines. Figure D-8 (page D-14) shows a sample format for a plan of execution for infiltrations and exfiltrations.

Figure D-8. Sample format for a plan of execution for infiltrations and exfiltrations

Figure D-8. Sample format for a plan of execution for infiltrations and exfiltrations (continued)

Figure D-8. Sample format for a plan of execution for infiltrations and exfiltrations (continued)



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