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2 BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) COMPANY-TROOP-BATTERY COMMAND POST OPERATIONS SOP VERSION 4 AS OF
2 BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) COMPANY-TROOP-BATTERY COMMAND POST OPERATIONS SOP VERSION 4 AS OF

2 BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) COMPANY-TROOP-BATTERY COMMAND POST OPERATIONS SOP

2 BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) COMPANY-TROOP-BATTERY COMMAND POST OPERATIONS SOP VERSION 4 AS OF 30

VERSION 4 AS OF 30 JUNE 2011

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STRIKE C-T-B COMMAND POST OPERATIONS SOP

TABLE OF CONTENTS SOP PURPOSE AND OVERVIEW

Page 4

SECTION 1: C-T-B COMMAND AND CONTROL

Page 5

SECTION 2: MANNING REQUIREMENTS

Page 7

SECTION 3: REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Page 13

SECTION 4: PATROL DEPARTURE, TRACKING AND RE-ENTRY PROCEDURES Page 21

SECTION 5: FUSION CELL OPERATIONS

Page 24

SECTION 6: TAC CP OPERATIONS

Page 37

SECTION 7 : ANALOG C-T-B CP OPS

Page 43

SECTION 8 : THE PLATOON/ SUBORDINATE UNIT CP

Page 45

SECTION 9: AUTOMATED TOOLS

Page 47

SECTION 10: REPORTING

Page 49

SECTION 11: C-T-B ATTACHMENT/DETACHMENT OPERATIONS

Page 55

SECTION 12 : HNSF INTEGRATION INTO THE CP

Page 56

SECTION 13 : MONEY AS A WEAPON SYSTEM

Page 57

ANNEX

A. C-T-B CP MANNING, EQUIPMENT, AND SKILLS TRACKER

Page A-64

B. C-T-B BATTLE TRACKING TOOLS

Page B-65

C. C-T-B INTELLIGENCE TOOLS

Page C-77

D. BCT TARGETING METHODOLOGY

Page D-99

E. SAMPLE C-T-B ATTACHMENT BRIEF

Page E-102

F. EXAMPLE COMMON OPERATING PICTURE (COP)

Page F-104

G. EXAMPLE EXECUTION CHECKLIST (EXCHECK)

Page G-105

H. GRID REFERENCE GRAPHIC (GRG)

Page H-108

I. EXAMPLE PATROL TRACKER

Page I-109

J. LEADER CARDS

1. SAMPLE PRE-FORMATTED PATROL ORDER

Page J-110

2. SAMPLE PRE-FORMATTED PARTNERED PATROL ORDER

Page J-116

3. C-T-B TARGETING SLIDE

Page J-124

4. COMBAT PATROL MANIFEST FORMAT

Page J-125

5. COMMO ARCHITECTURE CARD

Page J-126

6. BCT 9-LINE MEDEVAC AND MIST REPORT FORMAT

Page J-127

7. BCT UXO/IED REPORT FORMAT

Page J-129

8. 6-LINE VEHICLE RECOVERY FORMAT

Page J-130

9. BLUE 1 REPORT

Page J-131

10. ORANGE 1 REPORT

Page J-132

11. PCC/PCI CHECKLIST

Page J-133

12. BOLO

Page J-136

13. PATROL DEBRIEF FORMAT

Page J-137

14. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHECK-IN

Page J-139

15. C-T-B CP MAPBOARD ON THE MOVE

Page J-140

K. INTELLIGENCE ENABLERS

Page K-141

L. ANALOG TRACKING CHARTS

Page L-143

M. TIGR REPORTING AND DEBRIEF FORMAT

Page M-146

REFERENCES

A. FM 3-21.10: Infantry Rifle Company

B. FM 3-90.1: Tank and Mechanized Infantry Company Team

C. FM 17-97: Cavalry Troop

D. FM 5-01.1: The Operations Process

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E.

ARTEP 7-10-MTP

F. ARTEP 17-97F30-MTP

G. CALL Handbook 95-7: TOC Operations

H. CALL Handbook 07-01: Tactical Intelligence

I. CALL Handbook 06-17: Detainee Operations at the Point of Capture

J. U.S. Marine Corps Company Intelligence Cell in Stability and Support Operations (SASO): Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs)

K. 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commanders’ Guide to HUMINT Operations

L. AWG Company Intelligence Cell Overview Brief

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2 BCT, 101 st ABN DIV (AASLT), C-T-B CP Operations SOP, Version 4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 1: C-T-B COMMAND AND CONTROL

SOP PURPOSE AND OVERVIEW:

1.

Purpose:

To provide standards and guidance for Company-Troop-Battery (C-T-B) Command Post and Fusion Cell operations throughout 2 nd BCT. C-T-B Commanders, this is your most important document. I expect you and your C-T-B CP personnel as well as your Leader team to read, know, and understand this SOP.

2.

Mission.

 

a.

The Command Post assists the commander and his subordinate leaders in preparation and execution of operations by providing command and control and tracking all significant activity within the C-T-B operating environment. This mission will be accomplished by providing a centralized point of information gathering and dissemination, coordination, time management, and tracking of unit status.

 

The Fusion Cell develops the effects of the weather, enemy, terrain and local population upon friendly operations through analysis of intelligence in order to reduce the commander’s uncertainty and aid in his decision-making. This mission is accomplished by requesting and managing collection assets, pulling and analyzing intelligence from the information collected, recommending a course of action to the commander, and disseminating any intelligence to the small unit leaders.

3.

Introduction.

 

a. In the threat climate of the 21st century, operations are strongly focused at the C-T-B. Because of this increased responsibility C-T-B’s must be able to operate and battle track at a higher level than previously expected. They must be able to apply their own analysis and integrate intelligence into both lethal and non-lethal operations. They must understand lines of effort and higher level targeting in order to operate under higher level intent. C-T-B’s must be supplemented with the equipment in order to accomplish all of these additional tasks on the battlefield and must adjust the task organization in order to match the additional efforts needed. This is why the C-T-B Command Post and C-T-B Fusion Cell have become critical to successful operations.

b. The successful incorporation of a C-T-B CP and C-T-B Fusion Cell into the mission relies heavily on understanding what they provide to the fight. Commander’s must define the duties and responsibilities of the C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell and then be prepared to adapt and prioritize each elements focus while conducting operations. This SOP is designed to provide the base structure and organization for all C-T-B CPs and Fusion Cells so that each C-T-B may apply it to any future operation within any operating environment.

4.

Scope.

This SOP dictates only the minimum required standards to operate the C-T-B CP and C-T-B Fusion Cell; commanders are highly encouraged to go beyond required standards and customize CP operations based on mission and personal preference. Exceptions to specific requirements within this SOP are authorized based on unique C-T-B missions (i.e.intelligence, signal, headquarters, engineer, logistics, route clearance, QRF, security); C- T-B’s with unique missions will modify their CP operations as required to best support their operations. This SOP can also be used to help platoons establish a platoon HQ at outlying patrol bases and combat outposts.

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2 BCT, 101 st ABN DIV (AASLT), C-T-B CP Operations SOP, Version 4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 1: C-T-B COMMAND AND CONTROL

SECTION 1: C-T-B COMMAND AND CONTROL

1. In order to provide command and control to the unit, the C-T-B will operate a main command post (CP) and an administrative and logistics operations center (ALOC). The CP and ALOC can be collocated or separate based on mission requirements and unit preference. The C-T-B will also operate a planning bay and rehearsal area.

a. C-T-B CP.

(1)

C-T-B CP functions are identical to the Battalion TOC but on a smaller scale

(2)

Broken down into the C-T-B CP and the C-T-B Fusion Cell

(3)

Responsible for C-T-B combat operations (see Paragraph 3 for CP functions)

(4)

Responsible for analyzing intelligence to support C-T-B operations

(5)

Continuously assists in planning, preparing, executing, and assessing all operations

(6)

The commander is always the alternate CP when on the move.

b. ALOC.

(1)

Based on unit mission and logistical support requirements, the ALOC may be at a

- Administrative Operations (awards, leave, interpreter management, etc.)

(2)

separate location on the BN FOB or a small entity co-located with the C-T-B CP ALOC functions are identical to those of the Battalion ALOC/Combat Trains, but on a

smaller scale:

- Logistical Operations (resupply, maintenance, property accountability, etc.)

(3)

If the C-T-B CP is located forward of the Battalion FOB and does not have SIPR connectivity, the ALOC will become the C-T-B’s SIPR access point; ALOC manning must be adjusted to meet SIPR reporting requirements (MIRC Chat, Blue 1 reports, etc.)

c. Planning Bay.

(1)

May be separate or part of the C-T-B Fusion Cell

(2)

Used for C-T-B, platoon, and squad planning and orders briefs

(3)

Used for AARs and patrol debriefs

(4)

Used for briefing HNSFand for combined planning;

(5)

The planning bay includes maps and planning boards which allow the patrol leader to fill-in-the-blanks while developing orders (see Annex L1 for an order format that can be permanently written on planning boards with space available for the patrol leader to write)

d. Rehearsal Area.

(1)

Used for conducting pre-patrol rehearsals

(2)

Used for conducting unit and ISF training

(3)

Provide area and materials for sand table rehearsal area with HNSF.

2. Functions of the C-T-B CP: The C-T-B CP functions like the battalion TOC but on a smaller scale; the six basic TOC functions identified in CALL Newsletter 95-7: TOC Operations provide a basis for C-T-B CP operations:

- Receive information

- Distribute information

- Analyze information

- Submit recommendations to the commander

- Integrate resources

- Synchronize resources

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a. Receive Information.

(1)

Receive messages, reports, and orders from subordinate, adjacent, and partnered

(2)

units, SOF, host nation governance and higher headquarters Monitor tactical situation

(3)

Maintain a journal of all significant activities and reports (RTO’s log, SIGACT tracker, or

(4)

mission specific requirements and information for headquarters, enabler, and support companies) Maintain and update unit locations and activities

(5)

Monitor enemy situation

(6)

Maintain a status of critical classes of supplies

b. Distribute information.

(1)

Submit reports to higher headquarters, adjacent, and partnered units, SOF, host nation

(2)

governance as appropriate Serve as a communications relay between units

(3)

Publish orders and instructions

(4)

Process and distribute information to appropriate units or staff sections

c. Analyze information.

(1)

Consolidate reports to prevent duplication of effort

(2)

Anticipate events and activities, taking appropriate action as required

(3)

Conduct predictive analysis based on the tactical situation

(4)

Identify information that relates to the commander’s critical information requirements

(5)

Identify the need to execute contingency plans based on the current situation

d. Submit recommendations to the commander.

(1)

Submit recommendations to the commander based on information available and

(2)

analysis conducted Submit recommendations to the Battalion TOC as required

e. Integrate resources.

(1)

Coordinate the integration of combat multipliers (fire support, aviation, MPs, engineers,

(2)

PSYOP, CA, intelligence assets, armor, combat health support) into maneuver planning and execution Request specific combat multipliers for specific missions

(3)

Manage interpreters and integrate into the patrol plan

(4)

Integrate joint and pure ISF missions into the patrol plan

f. Synchronize resources.

(1)

Coordinate the synchronization of combat multipliers to achieve the desired effects

(2)

(echeloning fires, AC2, combined PSYOP/CA missions, etc.) Conduct clearance of fires

(3)

Synchronize combat multipliers with changes in the maneuver plan

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SECTION 2: MANNING REQUIREMENTS

1. To properly plan, execute, and track all operations, the C-T-B must operate both the C-T-B Command Post and the C-T-B Fusion Cell. C-T-B’s can often support the needs of the C-T-B CP from the personnel organic to the C-T-B headquarters. Without organic Military Intelligence analysts resident to the C-T-B, however, manning of the C-T-B Fusion Cell must come from throughout the C-T-B. The manning plan must take into account personnel leave, refit, and injuries; C-T-B leaders must be prepared to rotate additional personnel into and out of all duty positions.

2. C-T-B CP Organization.

a. C-T-B CP Manning Requirements.

additional personnel into and out of all duty positions. 2. C-T-B CP Organization. a. C-T-B CP

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Version 4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 2: MANNING REQUIREMENTS a. Additional Battle Captain /

a. Additional Battle Captain / NCO Routine Duties.

(1) The battle captain / NCO will direct and control supporting aviation assets in the C-T-B AO (see ANNEX M13 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHECK-IN)

(2) The battle captain/ NCO ensures that special equipment including Persistent Surveillance equipment and automations are properly functioning and appropriately manned

(3) The battle captain / NCO must actively prevent fratricide within the C-T-B and with external units in the C-T-B AO to include Special Operations Forces (SOF), host nation forces, and engineer units; direct coordination with other C-T-B’s and their higher headquarters is especially critical during operations on or near unit boundaries

(4) The battle captain / NCO will enforce SOP patrol procedures to include pre-patrol and post-patrol actions (see Section 4 for patrol departure, tracking, and re-entry procedures)

(5) The battle captain / NCO will enforce OPSEC in the CP; he will ensure that Soldiers do not release classified information and that open communications back to the U.S. are halted during periods of commo black-out or before sensitive operations

(6) The battle captain / NCO must periodically accompany patrols (with a task and purpose) within the C-T-B AO in order to gain an understanding of the physical and human terrain; he will patrol at a minimum

(7) The battle captain / NCO must maintain regular dialogue with host nation forces representatives co-located with the C-T-B CP to receive and disseminate intelligence and contact reports

(8) The battle captain / NCO must have immediate access to a duty interpreter / linguist at all times

(9) The battle captain / NCO will submit timely, clear, and accurate reports to the Battalion TOC; he will also assist the C-T-B command group in completing and submitting daily and weekly reports to include:

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(a)

Blue 1 Report

(b)

Green 2 Report (sensitive items accountability)

(c)

Orange 1 LOGSTAT

(d)

C-T-B PERSTAT

(e)

Commander’s Update Brief

3. C-T-B Fusion Cell Manning Requirements.

a. The C-T-B Fusion Cell is led by the C-T-B Commander and consists of an OIC, data manager, and project manager, as well as the platoon leaders. The C-T-B Fusion Cell must work closely with the battle captains to ensure that intelligence is being collected, tracked, and reported effectively.

is being collected, tracked, and reported effectively. b. Additional Fusion Cell Routine Duties. (1) Should patrol

b. Additional Fusion Cell Routine Duties.

(1)

Should patrol with platoons as required to assist in intelligence collection, Tactical Site Exploitation (TSE), and Tactical Questioning (TQ)

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(2)

Maintain regular dialogue with host nation forces to facilitate the combined targeting

(3)

process The C-T-B Fusion Cell will continuously populate all intelligence trackers and

(4)

databases (TIGRnet) and maintain situational awareness within the C-T-B AO and AI. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will brief attachments and units operating within the C-T-B AO

(5)

when necessary. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will post updated intelligence information for ease of reference

(6)

by patrol leaders; appropriate OPSEC must be observed when choosing a location in which to post. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that all tactical informants (TI) are tracked for historic databases and unit hand-offand have been entered into the Biometric Automated Toolset System (BATS); the Fusion Cell will coordinate with the BN S-2 and HCT for integration.

c. Non-Lethal Targeting Fusion Cell Routine Duties.

(1)

Patrol with platoons as required to assist in scope of work development for future

(2)

projects, assessment of ongoing projects, attend local governance meetings, etc. Participate in patrol debriefs to answer non-lethal information requirements

(3)

Communicate daily with the Battalion FSO and Civil Affairs Team to provide situational awareness on issues affecting the C-T-B’s progress along the non-lethal lines of operation

4. Other CP Manning Considerations.

a. Host Nation Forces LNO. If operating in a combined area of operations with host nation forces, it is essential to have host nation forces representation co-located with the C-T-B CP, either in the same room or in an adjacent area based on OPSEC considerations. Dialogue with host nation forces is necessary to de-conflict the AO for offensive operations, coordinate combined patrols, develop contact reports, and to receive and disseminate intelligence and threat reports.

b. QRF NCO. To assist the C-T-B in a timely deployment of the QRF, the QRF element must maintain an NCO in the C-T-B CP at all times. By physically being present in the C-T-B CP, the QRF NCO will have immediate situational awareness of friendly and enemy actions that may result in the commitment of the C-T-B QRF. When the QRF commitment criteria are reached, the QRF NCO is able to alert the remainder of the element through a well informed WARNO. While the QRF prepares to deploy, the NCO continues to gather as much information as possible from the C-T-B CP. The NCO is then able to brief the key leaders of his patrol on their task and purpose, facilitating a rapid deployment of the QRF

c. Sergeant of the Guard (SOG). If the C-T-B is operating from a remote location requiring an internal security element, it will always maintain an SOG. While the SOG’s primary responsibility is to conduct inspections of the guard posts, he / she can also play an integral role in the C-T-B CP. When not conducting a guard mount or guard post inspections, the SOG will remain in the C-T-B CP. As a senior leader in the C-T-B, the SOG can assist the battle captain / NCO with his duties, especially during offensive operations in which key leaders are likely on the ground.

5. C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell Train-Up.

a. Because of the addition of new systems and equipment not usually managed by the maneuver C-T-B, Soldiers that are selected to operate in the CP or Fusion Cell must be trained to be able to execute their newly assigned duties. Skills relating to communications,

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automations, and intelligence collection and analysis must be resourced through all necessary channels in order to train the Soldiers of the CP and Fusion Cell. Ft. Campbell offers training on communications and automations through Eagle University and the BCTC. They provide training on Blue Force Tracker, DAGR, TIGR, and other command and control systems through the BCTC. Training on intelligence collection and analysis can be provided through some Foundry courses as well as classes from intelligence MOS Soldiers. Also see Annex A: C-T-B CP MANNING, EQUIPMENT, AND SKILLS TRACKER to further identify training needs.

b. Recommend a company level CPX exercise, to last at least a week to train digital CP operations.

c. The figures below are an example training program and timeline to develop the necessary skills for those selected for the C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell.

skills for those selected for the C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell. d. The figure below is

d. The figure below is the C-T-B Training CCIR Tracker to help track critical individual and crew/battle drill training.

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EFR: 136 have qualified - of which 6 will require cert by FEB. 2 new Soldiers need to receive certification: EFR Qualification with C/1 - 502 during WK 20.

JFO: SSG STACK (Re -cert WK 18 - FTCKY), SGT DUARTE, PFC Robinson and Doidge ( APRIL), PV2 HARRIS (Qualified/ Current),

UPL: SSG Griffis (MAR)

Language TNG: SPC CURTIS and LUCAS ( Dari/ Pashto TNG- 30DAYS); PFC MOYNIHAN and SGT ESPARRZA (Passed DLAP - ESPARZZA to School 1FEB10 -4JUN10)

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SECTION 3: REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

1. Introduction. As noted previously, C-T-B’s must acquire additional equipment and systems to manage all of the duties expected of the C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell. Many of the items and systems are constantly upgrading and changing, but are all extremely valuable to be fielded to contribute to the success of the C-T-B. See the key equipment table below to identify immediate shortages of prioritized key equipment. Continue reading the text of this section for a more detailed list of equipment needed to operate the C-T-B CP and Fusion Cell. Also see Annex A:

C-T-B CP MANNING, EQUIPMENT, AND SKILLS TRACKER to further identify training and equipment needs.

Also see Annex A: C-T-B CP MANNING, EQUIPMENT, AND SKILLS TRACKER to further identify training and

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Version 4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 3: REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 2. C-T-B CP Equipment. a.

2. C-T-B CP Equipment.

a. Communications Equipment.

(1)

Minimum of six FM radios with power amplifiers, antennas, and current COMSEC

(a) Battalion Command Net

(a) C-T-B Command Net

(a) A/L Net or MEDEVAC Net

(a) Fires Net or Battalion O&I Net (based on situation)

(2)

3 x VOIP Phone (NiPR, SiPR, CENTRX)

(3)

Blue Force Tracker

(4)

TACSAT (if available and subordinate maneuver units have a TACSAT)

(5)

HF Radio (if available and subordinate maneuver units have HF radio)

(6)

Two 15K Generators

(7)

Informant Cell-phone with the following phrase translated and attached to the phone:

(8)

“Wait one minute, an interpreter will come”; interpreters must be available at all times to assist with informant phone calls RTO Log (never throw away completed logs in case of legal investigations)

(9)

Current commo card

(10)

Laminated pre-formatted MEDEVAC card (Refer to Annex M6)

(11)

Laminated pre-formatted UXO/IED card (Refer to Annex M7)

(12)

Backup generator for CP communications

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a. Digital Equipment.

(1)

Minimum ten computers

(a) CO x 3 (SIPR, NIPR, CENTRIX)

(a) XO x 1 (CENTRI)

(a) 1SG x 1 (NIPR)

(a) BTL NCO x 1 (CENTRIX)

(a) RTO x 1 (CENTRIX)

(a) Fusion Cell x 2 (SIPR, CENTRIX)

(a) PL Workstation/Planning Computer x 1 (CENTRIX)

(2)

Three heavy duty color printers (one NIPR, one SIPR, one CENTRIX) networked

(3)

Scanner / Copier

(4)

One BATS Computer

(5)

Three HIIDE Systems

(6)

Projector and screen

(7)

Minimum of five flat-screen TV

(8)

CP computers must have required intelligence, reporting, and tracking software

(9)

installed based on mission, availability, and commander’s preference (TIGR Net, CIMS, Falcon View, Access Pro, Crystal, Google Earth etc.) Raven UAS Work Station with TV Display and MIRC Chat (if SIPR available at CP)

a. Tracking Tools (may be maintained digitally, but a current hard copy must be displayed).

(1)

Large AO map with operational graphics and moveable unit icons (see Annex B)

(2)

AI maps (see Annex B)

(3)

AO map with local naming convention

(4)

SIGACT tracker (digital or on butcher block)

(5)

Patrol tracker (see Annex I)

(6)

Personnel number tracker (how many total personnel are at each location or patrol)

(7)

Forward LOGSTAT tracker (if CP is not co-located with the ALOC)

(8)

Honesty Trace

a. Intelligence Tools (may be maintained digitally, but a current hard copy must be displayed).

(1)

HVT list with most wanted actionable targets

(2)

Enemy SITTEMPs (with link diagrams as required) (see Annex C)

(3)

Predictive analysis board (predictions for next 48 hours and for next few weeks

(4)

posted) Pattern Analysis Tools (see Annex C)

(5)

Current BN CCIR with associated C-T-B SIR

(6)

Tribal Overlay (see Annex C)

(7)

Political Overlay (see Annex C)

(8)

Key Infrastructure Overlay (see Annex C)

(9)

Neighborhood Overlays (if required) (see Annex C)

(10)

Religious Overlay (see Annex C)

(11)

Current Personnel and Vehicle BOLO List

(12)

Informant Overlay (see Annex C) not displayed

(13)

Cork board to post new products from the Battalion S-2

(14)

Current SWEAT Assessments

(15)

Current light and weather data

(16)

Detainee processing kits with additional sworn statements

(17)

Badge Maker

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a. Critical information (may be maintained digitally, but a current hard copy must be displayed).

(1)

C-T-B, Battalion, and BCT mission statements and commander’s intent

(2)

Current troop to task & battle rhythm

(3)

Posted patrol schedule

(4)

Current IO themes

(5)

COP Defense Plan

(6)

Posted Minimum Patrol Requirements

(7)

Posted CONPLANs for DUSTWUN, RAVEN ISR Plan, and MASCAL Plan

(8)

Three dry erase boards

(a) Tasking Board

(a) Tracking Board

(a) Sketch/Hasty Planning Board

a. Fire Support Station (if applicable).

(1)

LCMR Computer (if LCMR available)

(2)

AFATDS (if AFATDS available)

(3)

Incoming IDF warning siren system (if LCMR available)

(4)

Mortar work station (if applicable)

(a) LHMBC

(a) Fire mission planning board

(a) LMR (to talk to guns)

a. Sergeant-of-the-Guard (SOG) Station.

(1)

LMR or other hand-held encrypted radio set to guard frequency

(2)

COP Defense Plan

(3)

SOG Checklist

(4)

Live video feeds for RDISS or other surveillance cameras

a. Furniture and supplies.

(1)

3-5 large tables

(2)

4-10 chairs

(3)

Dry erase markers, dry eraser, permanent and non-permanent map markers,

(4)

protractor, yardstick, lamination paper, scissors, pins Include tools to build it all.

3. Sample C-T-B CP and Planning Bay layouts (individual C-T-B layouts will vary based upon space available and commander’s preference):

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Version 4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 3: REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 4. ALOC Equipment (most equipment

4. ALOC Equipment (most equipment required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP).

a. Communications Equipment.

(1)

Minimum two FM radios with current COMSEC available

(a) C-T-B Command (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(a) A&L (can be switched to BN CMD based on situation)

(2)

VOIP Phone (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(3)

RTO Log (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(4)

Current commo card (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

a. Digital Equipment.

(1)

NIPR C-T-B admin computer

(2)

PBUSE computer

(3)

SIPR computer (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(4)

Printer (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(5)

5 Flat Screen TVs (1 x 50 in, 4 x 36 in)

a. Tracking Tools.

(1)

POC list for all support units, staffs, and functions

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(2)

LOGSTAT tracker

(3)

Posted patrol schedule (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(4)

AO map with operational graphics (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(5)

Area of Interest (AI) maps (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

(6)

Two dry erase boards

(a) XO/1SG tasking board

(a) Admin & logistics board

a.

Furniture.

(1)

1-4 large tables

(2)

2-8 chairs

(3)

Dry erase markers, dry eraser, permanent and non-permanent map markers, protractor, yardstick, lamination paper, scissors, pins (required only if ALOC is separate from C-T-B CP)

5. Planning Bay Equipment.

a. Planning & Briefing Tools.

(1)

Large AO Map with Operational Graphics (It is optimal to get a map that is large

(2)

enough to place pictures over top of terrain (compounds, fields, checkpoints, etc) 4-10 dry erase boards pre-formatted for planning in permanent marker

(3)

3-5 dry erase boards pre-formatted for patrol AARs

(4)

One butcher block tablet

(5)

Planning table

(6)

Projector and screen or large-screen TV

(7)

Sand table

(8)

10-20 chairs

b. Posted Information.

(1)

Current IO themes

(2)

C-T-B, Battalion, and BCT mission statements and commander’s intent

(3)

Sector sketches for C-T-B TCPs and defensive positions

(4)

Copies of all intelligence overlays posted in the CP (except informant overlay)

(a)

Current HVI List

(b)

Local spheres of influence

(c)

SIGACTs numerically encoded over the terrain

(d)

Avenues of approach

(e)

Local Project Overlay

(f)

Pattern of Life slides

(5)

OPSUMs/ storyboards posted next to the map numerically encoded to reference

(6)

SIGACTs Removable opaque covers for all sensitive information (to declassify the planning

bay)

6. Rehearsal Area Equipment.

a. Rehearsal Area.

(1)

Large enough open area to accommodate section-sized rehearsals

(2)

Engineer tape and stakes (to construct floor plans, terrain features, helicopter seats, etc.)

b. Rehearsal Board.

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(1)

One Dry erase board with markers and eraser

(2)

Posted MTPs for frequently conducted tasks

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SECTION 4: PATROL DEPARTURE, TRACKING, AND RE-ENTRY PROCEDURES

1. Purpose: To ensure all patrols and operations that take place within the C-T-B AO are deliberately

planned and driven by PIR/SIR.

2. C-T-Bs must implement an effective patrol battle rhythm that specifies requirements prior to,

during, and after all patrols and operations. This will ensure all information is captured and units continue to grow in their respective areas of operation. Information must be captured in a deliberate

patrol debrief to continue driving the targeting process. Information must not stop at the patrolling unit

level, it must be passed across the C-T-B and up through BN/SQDN and BCT.

you will get garbage back. It is not enough to be diligent during the execution. Commanders must ensure the effort is being put in before and after every mission. This is the only way C-T-Bs will build on their accomplishments and mitigate their setbacks.

If you put garbage in,

3. Patrols will have a definitive task and purpose for every patrol they conduct. Commanders must

ensure these patrols are nested with the mission and PIR/SIR of the C-T-B and BN/SQDN. “Presence patrols” are non-existent and Soldiers deserve to know that every mission they execute and every mile they walk will have a higher purpose and will ultimately make a positive impact in the operational environment.

4. Pre-Patrol Procedures: Patrols leaders and personnel will meet in planning bay to review most

recent intelligence products, OPSUMs, honesty traces, HVI/SOI; COA and contingencies will be developed off of this. Individual measures can be waived by the battle NCO only in the event of an emergency departure. Units on QRF will have all pre-patrol requirements complete prior to assuming QRF. The battle NCO is responsible for ensuring that departing patrols meet all requirements.

a. A FRAGO and/or convoy brief is issued and disseminated to all personnel to include foreign forces and attachments; order should be sufficiently detailed in accordance with unit SOP (see Annex L1 for a sample pre-formatted patrol order). No patrol will leave the wire without an order. Minimum requirements include infil/exfil Plan, concept from start to finish, graphic control measures, PIR, ROE, and command and control plan.

b. PCIs/PCCs are conducted on all Soldiers and vehicles using PCI/PCC checklists (see Annex L12). In addition to the PCC/PCI checklist, every patrol will include a HIIDE camera with updated roll up, TSE Kit, detainee packets, metal detectors, ECM devices (THOR III).

1)

Patrol leader will assign Soldiers with specialty tasks that will support the transfer of information to the CP and Fusion Cell.

i. HIIDE operator

ii. Camera operator

iii. TSE personnel

iv. Detainee handlers

c. Rehearsals are conducted in the C-T-B rehearsal area. Host nation forces with Language and Cultural Adivsor must be present.

(1)

Critical patrol tasks, as identified by the patrol leader, are rehearsed prior to each patrol

(2)

ROE and EOF are rehearsed weekly at a minimum, or after any procedural changes

(3)

Vehicle, rollover, egress, and recovery drills are rehearsed weekly at a minimum

(4)

Weapon crew drills are rehearsed weekly at a minimum

(5)

Mounted and dismounted battle drills are rehearsed weekly at a minimum

(6)

Other rehearsals are conducted as directed by the commander

d. Patrol ECM systems are tested (if test equipment is available); the battle NCO will be warned to ensure he anticipates the temporary communication interference.

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e. Radio checks are conducted on primary, alternate, and contingency/emergency (PACE) communications equipment within the patrol, with the C-T-B CP, and with any unit with which link-up procedures are planned. This also includes your C2 plan with Host Nation Forces.

f. The patrol leader will receive an updated intelligence brief from the C-T-B Fusion Cell.

g. The patrol leader will receive an updated friendly situation brief from the battle NCO; key information from this brief is the location, mission, and contact information for all coalition units in the patrol’s AO and AI.

h. The patrol leader will provide the following information to the battle NCO.

(1)

Patrol task and purpose

(2)

Patrol graphics to include routes and fire control measures

(3)

Estimated timeline

(4)

Completed patrol manifest (see Annex L3 for a sample combat patrol manifest format)

i. The battle NCO ensures that all security personnel and/or nearby patrols are briefed on the patrol departure plans, re-entry plans, and any associated fire control measures.

j. The C-T-B CP submits a combat patrol manifest to the BN TOC, either hand carried, through SIPR email, or through a combat patrol manifest number.

5. Departure Procedures.

a. The patrol leader ensures that Soldiers load weapons and switch on all ECM equipment prior to the patrol’s departure.

b. The patrol leader calls the battle NCO as he physically leaves the wire; he reiterates task, purpose, destination, personnel and vehicle numbers.

c. The battle NCO calls departure to the Battalion TOC; he opens the combat patrol manifest by stating the patrol’s combat patrol manifest number, patrol leader’s call-sign, task, purpose, destination, personnel and vehicle numbers.

6. During the Patrol.

a. The patrol leader will call a radio check with an accurate grid location every 15 minutes at a minimum; if stationary the patrol leader must still call and report no change to location.

b. If primary and alternate communications with a patrol fail, the battle NCO will be prepared to execute a loss of communications contingency plan according to unit SOP and/or mission specific patrol planning. At a minimum:

(1) If the patrol is unable to re-establish communications on primary and alternate systems, the patrol leader will initiate the contingency communications plan (probably a visual signal). (2) Once a planned radio check elapses, the battle NCO will attempt to initiate communications with the patrol; if this fails he will instruct security personnel and nearby coalition elements to watch for contingency and emergency signals. (3) Upon identification of a contingency or emergency signal, the battle NCO will react to the signal according to the unit SOP and/or mission specific patrol plan, (4) If no signal is observed, the battle NCO will direct another patrol, a UAS, or an aviation asset to check the last known position of the missing patrol; movement must be initiated within 30 minutes of the missed radio check.

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c. The battle NCO will track accurate patrol locations on the AO map; he must always be prepared to clear fires anywhere in the C-T-B AO.

d. Units in contact will report accurately to the battle NCO; for direct fire contact this includes estimated distance, direction, and description.

e. The patrol leader will report to the battle NCO anytime he enters or leaves a secured area (i.e. report arrival at the BN FOB back to the C-T-B CP located at a combat outpost).

7. Post-Patrol Procedures.

a. The patrol leader calls in his return before entering the engagement areas of any security personnel; the battle NCO then ensures that all security personnel are briefed.

b. The patrol leader ensures that all weapons are cleared and that electronic warfare equipment is turned off as the unit re-enters a secured area.

c. The patrol leader checks in with the battle NCO either by radio or in person; the battle NCO also informs the Battalion TOC that the patrol has returned by closing the combat patrol manifest.

d. The battle NCO ensures that all security personnel and relevant patrols know that the patrol has returned and are aware of current fire control measures.

e. The patrol conducts a full debrief and AAR in the planning bay, with a C-T-B Fusion Cell representative present, during which time information and intelligence is consolidated.

1. HIIDE Cameras will be turned in to log new entries.

2. Photos will be consolidated from digital camera, which include notes on each photo (minimum: “5 W’s” Who is in the picture? What are they doing? When was this photo taken? Where was this photo taken? What activity is being performed by the subject of this photo?)

f. C-T-B Fusion Cell personnel conduct a patrol debrief with the patrol leader, completing a digital patrol de-brief (see Annex L12), updating the Informant Personal Information Sheet (see Annex J) and the Informant Contact Log (see Annex K) after any meetings with C-T-B informants or potential informants, and digitally updating the Biographical Data Reports for any key leaders (see BCT Engagement SOP, Annex B).

g. Significant events will require a storyboard or operations summary (OPSUM). This is at the discretion of the C-T-B Commander. The patrol leader will prepare the document IAW the prescribed format (see Annex B). At a minimum the document will include: Mission (Task and Purpose), PIR answered, narrative of events, timeline, assessment, graphic with honesty trace and significant locations, any applicable photos with captions.

h. The C-T-B Fusion Cell and patrol leader update all patrol trackers, intelligence trackers, and unit databases. (See Annex B, C “C-T-B BATTLE TRACKING TOOLS” AND “C-T-B INTELLIGENCE TOOLS”)

i. The battle NCO and patrol leader update the “honesty trace”.

j. The prescribed sequence of events listed above will be entered into TIGR by the C-T-B Fusion Cell or patrol leader. (See “How to enter into TIGR”)

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SECTION 5: C-T-B FUSION CELL OPERATIONS

1. However the commander decides to task organize and employ the C-T-B Fusion Cell (see Section 2), the cell is responsible for assisting the commander with intelligence analysis, reporting and dissemination, detainee operations and tactical site exploitation, and intelligence collection. Critical is the involvement of the company’s Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants in the fusion cell.

2. The cell meets regularly (minimum once per week) to assist the C-T-B commander in assessing past operations and planning future operations. The battle rhythm generated by the C-T-B is most effective when nested with the BN/SQDN targeting process.

3. An effective C-T-B Fusion Cell will operate in a continuous cycle from mission development, through planning, execution, and post-patrol actions, and back to mission development in preparation for the next patrol.

a. C-T-B targeting process is dependent on the cycle in which the BN/SQDN will execute.

for the next patrol. a. C-T-B targeting process is dependent on the cycle in which the

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4 as of 30 JUNE 11 SECTION 5: C-T-B FUSION CELL OPERATIONS 4. The C-T-B Fusion

4. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that all reports, database entries, patrol debriefs, and detainee packets have appropriate foreign names, titles, and tribes spelled in accordance with the theater transliteration spelling standards; this facilitates tracking of individuals in theater and unit

databases.

5. Duties of the C-T-B Fusion Cell.

a. Within the Operations Process - “Plan, Prepare, Execute, and Assess” - the cell conducts the functions “Assess” and “Plan”

b. Assess.

(1)

Review patrol debriefs and “honesty trace” to identify patterns set by friendly forces.

(2)

Review patrol debriefs and intelligence trackers to identify enemy trends, possible

(3)

lethal or non-lethal targets, and anticipated future enemy courses of action. Review recently published DIIRs affecting the C-T-B’s area of operation and area of

(4)

interest. Determine which trends and targets need further refinement by battalion or higher S-2;

(5)

push the data to battalion S-2 for further analysis. Determine which trends and targets need further information that can be developed by C-T-B -level intelligence collection.

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(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

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c. Plan.

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Determine which trends or targets require offensive action or a change to C-T-B operating procedures. Determine information requirements needed to further develop emerging targets and to confirm or deny single source intelligence. Review and update the SWEAT-MS and PMESII assessments as required. Determine the effectiveness of ongoing civil affairs projects and assess the likely effects that planned projects would have on the AO, if funded. Assess the effectiveness of local governance leaders and determine ways in which they can assist the C-T-B in making progress along the non-lethal lines of operation. Review relevant measures of effectiveness (MOE) and determine general trends.

Review battalion FRAGOs to identify assigned missions and other specified tasks. Review troop-to-task versus assigned missions to identify which units, dates, and times are available for additional C-T-B missions. Recommend and Plan offensive operations against actionable targets. Plan patrols focused on answering information requirements in order to further develop emerging targets and to confirm or deny single source intelligence.

Plan missions to assess progress of ongoing civil affairs projects. Determine agendas for scheduled meetings with local governance officials and other spheres of influence.

(a) Develop SOI (sphere of influence) baseball cards where an assessment and

(7)

(8)

agenda will be given on each SOI. Identify necessary changes to C-T-B operating procedures based on patterns being

set.

(a) Communication shortfalls.

(b) Guidance for photos and interviews.

Plan in accordance with BCT targeting methodology to gain and maintain direct or indirect contact across all four BCT lines of operation effort (LOE) (see Annex D for more information on the BCT targeting methodology):

(a)

Security LOO LOE

(b)

Economy LOO LOE

(c)

Government LOO LOE

(d)

Services LOO LOE

d. End state to cell meetings.

(1)

A draft FRAGO for C-T-B operations.

(2)

An analysis of the enemy situation for the battalion S-2.

(3)

An updated SWEAT-MS and PMESII assessments for the battalion civil affairs team.

(4)

An updated C-T-B patrol tracker.

(5)

Updated lethal and non-lethal targeting products, in accordance with the prescribed battalion format, detailing the C-T-B’s priority of effort against lethal and non-lethal targets.

6. Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs): When the C-T-B must conduct a deliberate operation, detailed planning is required beyond that conducted in a normal Fusion, Targeting, and Planning Cell meeting; the cell will assist the commander in conducting TLPs.

a. The Fusion Cell provides the commander with a small staff that enables him to conduct a more detailed mission analysis and develop multiple COAs; TLPs in this situation will more closely resemble the traditional battalion MDMP.

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TROOP-LEADING MILITARY DECISION- BATTLEFIELD PROCEDURES MAKING PROCESS VISUALIZATION 11. RECEIVE AND ANALYZE THE
TROOP-LEADING
MILITARY DECISION-
BATTLEFIELD
PROCEDURES
MAKING PROCESS
VISUALIZATION
11. RECEIVE AND ANALYZE THE
MISSION ANALYSIS (METT-TC)
MISSION
INITIAL ANALYSIS
- MISSION
- ENEMY
DETAILED ANALYSIS
- TERRAIN AND WEATHER
“SEE THE TERRAIN”
- TROOPS AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE
2. ISSUE A WARNING ORDER
- TIME AVAILABLE
- CIVIL CONSIDERATIONS
3. MAKE A TENTATIVE PLAN
DEVELOPMENT OF
COURSES OF ACTION
ANALYSIS OF COURSES
OF ACTION
“SEE THE ENEMY”
COA COMPARISON
4. INITIATE MOVEMENT
5. CONDUCT RECONNAISSANCE
6. COMPLETE THE PLAN
SELECTION OF COA
“SEE THE YOURSELF”
REFINEMENT OF PLAN,
INTEGRATION OF CS AND CSS,
7. ISSUE THE ORDER
AND DEVELOPMENT OF BRANCH
PLANS
8. SUPERVISE AND REFINE

b. Risk assessment of both tactical and accidental risk is a critical component of both TLPs and daily planning; particular attention must be paid to the risks created by Soldier complacency and fatigue during extended steady-state operations.

c. Special attention to fire control measures, fratricide prevention, air/ground coordination, and communications must be given during TLPs when working with non-U.S. personnel.

7. Intelligence Analysis Requirements.

a. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will assist patrol leaders in conducting all patrol briefs and debriefs in accordance with the BCT Patrol Debrief SOP.

1. At a minimum a patrol sync conducted 45 minutes prior to departure is necessary to ensure the patrol leader has the most up to date SIGACTs, adjacent unit SITREPs, and changes to PIR/SIR.

b. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will continuously update all intelligence trackers and databases (see Annex C) and maintain situational awareness within the C-T-B AO and AI.

c. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will conduct predictive analysis and maintain a predictive analysis board identifying likely enemy activities both over the next 48 hours and over the next few weeks.

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d. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will analyze friendly trends from the enemy’s perspective and identify unnecessary vulnerabilities and patterns the C-T-B is setting.

e. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will request assistance from the Battalion S-2 to conduct specific detailed analysis beyond C-T-B capabilities.

f. During TLP mission analysis, the C-T-B Fusion Cell will develop an Event Template (EVENTEMP) which identifies the enemy’s most probable course of action with respect to time; this analysis assists the commander in developing his plan (see CALL Newsletter 07- 01: Tactical Intelligence, page 49-50, for detailed information on EVENTEMP development).

49-50, for detailed information on EVENTEMP development). 8. Intelligence Reporting and Dissemination Requirements. a.

8. Intelligence Reporting and Dissemination Requirements.

a. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will establish clear communications with the Battalion S-2 and ensure that information flows both up and down the chain of command in a timely manner; the Fusion Cell OIC NCO must be proactive and pull information from the Battalion S-2 and supporting agencies as required.

b. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that all patrols have updated intelligence information prior to departure to include updated intelligence from the Battalion S-2 (see Section 4).

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c. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will brief attachments and units operating within the C-T-B AO.

d. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will post updated intelligence information for ease of reference by patrol leaders; appropriate OPSEC must be observed when choosing a location in which to post. (REF: ANNEX C)

e. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will assist the commander in writing Paragraph 1 of combat orders.

f. If a Human Collection Team (HCT) member is task organized to the C-T-B, the C-T-B Fusion Cell must maintain regular dialogue with the HCT and battalion S2 to ensure that all appropriate intelligence is captured in a DIIR, since only qualified HCT personnel can write and submit DIIRs.

g. If possible, the C-T-B Fusion Cell will include a Foreign Disclosure Officer who will assist the commander in determining what information can be released to Host Nation Security Forces and government agencies in accordance with theatre and unit regulations. The commander must ensure that personnel are identified and trained as Foreign Disclosure Officers during pre-deployment training.

9. Detainee Operations and Tactical Site Exploitation Requirements.

a. The C-T-B will develop a holding area for detainees and evidence if none exists at the BN/SQDN level. The C-T-B will have a guard rotation developed and implemented while also operations continue as necessary.

Considerations for a detainee holding area include:

- Secured area with overhead cover.

- Location ensures detainees will not be taken through the layout of the outpost.

- Access to latrines.

- Climate controlled environment.

- Large enough to accommodate multiple detainees.

- Medical care is available and provided as necessary.

b. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will supervise C-T-B detainee operations and ensure that detainees are processed in accordance with the “5 Ss and T” (refer to the Strike Detainee Operations SOP and CALL Handbook 06-17: Detainee Operations at the Point of Capture for more detailed information).

(1) Search: Ensure all items taken are bagged and properly documented on a DA Form 4137 (see Strike Detainee Operations SOP, Tab B). (2) Silence: Ensure detainees do not communicate with one another after capture. (3) Segregate: Keep detainees separate while respecting foreign cultural values (i.e. do not unnecessarily remove a female from the view of a male relative, do not take young children from their mother, never roughly handle a male in front of a female). (4) Safeguard: Ensure detainees are protected from enemy attack, receive required medical care, and are not abused or humiliated by U.S. or foreign forces. C-T-Bs need to be prepared to provide detainee escorts (1xNCO, 2xSM) to travel with the detainee through Division Holding Area onto Theater Holding Facility. (5) Speed: Ensure detainees are evacuated to the rear with adequate time to process into the Division Holding Area (DHA) or appropriate facility in accordance with theater policy.

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(b)

The fusion cell OIC/NCOIC can request a 24 hour extension for operational

(1)

concerns (48 hours total) by requesting the extension through the BN S-2 to the BCT S2X with final approval by the BCT DCO. This does not change th requirement to transfer detainees to the Division Holding

(2)

Area within 96 hours. The BCT S2X can request an extension to hold detainees at the BCT for a period

of 24-48 additional hours pending theater policy. (6) Tag: Each detainee will be tagged with a completed Coalition Provisional Authority Forces Apprehension Form (see Strike Detainee Operations SOP, Tab B); captured equipment will be documented on a DA Form 4137 annotated with the name of the associated detainee

c. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that detainee processing is conducted in accordance with the Strike Detainee Operations SOP and any additional theater requirements.

d. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will track C-T-B detainees from point of capture through prosecution; the BCT S2X is the point of contact for detainee tracking.

(1)

Communicate with the BCT S2X and/or BCT JAG to ensure all submitted evidence is

(2)

sufficient for prosecution, and collect or consolidate additional evidence as required. Track detainees being released back into the C-T-B AO and ensure that patrols implement increased security as required (i.e. released IED emplacer will likely result in an increase in IEDs at a location that had previously been quiet).

e. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will serve as the subject matter expert on tactical site exploitation and evidence handling and will ensure that all exploitation operations are conducted and documented correctly; the Strike Detainee Operations SOP provides instruction for evidence handling and documentation.

f. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will follow up on documents and equipment turned in to higher headquarters for exploitation.

10. Intelligence Collection Requirements.

a. Priority Intelligence Requirements (PIR) fall underneath Commander’s Critical Information Requirements (CCIR) and focus on critical information about the enemy or operational environment. PIR ask questions that help determine the enemy’s course of action and assist the commander in making a decision.

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LEGEND CCIR CCIR- Commander’s Critical Information Requirements An information requirement PIR- Priority
LEGEND
CCIR
CCIR- Commander’s Critical Information Requirements
An information requirement
PIR- Priority Intelligence Requirements
identified y the commander as
FFIR- Friendly Force Information Requirement
being critical to facilitate
EEFI- Essential Elements of Friendly Information
timely decision-making
PIR
FFIR
EEFI
What the commander needs to
What the commander
Critical aspects of a friendly
know about a specific part of
needs to know about
operation that must be protected
the operational environment
friendly forces
from threat detection

b. Just as there are no standard situation templates or friendly COAs that will serve in all situations, there is no standard set of PIRs. Well-written PIRs meet the following criteria.

(1) They provide intelligence required to support a single planning task, decision, or action. (2) They ask only one question. (3) They focus on a fact, event, or activity. (4) They can be satisfied using available assets or capabilities.

c. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will receive, track, and answer battalion PIR by developing a C-T-B information collection plan.

(1)

Determine what indicators, positive or negative, will answer battalion PIR.

(2)

Assist the commander in developing Specific Information Requirements (SIR) which

(3)

address the identified indicators. Assist the commander in developing Specific Orders or Requests (SOR) for patrolling

(4)

units. and other ISR assets; these should focus ISR to answer SIR. Use SIR to assess the identified indicators and answer the battalion PIR.

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PIR Task Linkage

Priority intelligence requirement - An intelligence

requirement associated with a decision that will affect

the overall success of the command’s mission . PIR are

a subset of intelligence requirements of a higher

priority than information requirements. PIR are

prioritized among themselves and may change in

priority over the course of the operation’s conduct.

Only the commander designates PIR.

PIR

What is the current threat level in Barakah?

PIR. PIR What is the current threat level in Barakah? SIR Specific information requirement – Specific

SIR

Specific information requirement Specific information

requirements describe the information required to

answer all or part of an intelligence requirement. A

complete SIR describes the information required, the

location where the required information can be

collected, and the time during which it can be collected.

Generally, each intelligence requirement generates sets

of SIRS.

Specific order or request - The order or request that

generates planning and execution of a collection mission or

analysis of data base information. SORs sent to subordinate

commands are orders. SORs sent to other commands are

requests. SORs often use system -specific message formats

but also include standard military OPORDs and FRAGOs.

Have IED attacks vic Barakah increased in the last 7 days?

What is the Barakah population reaction to CLCs passing through in

the last 7 days?

Has there been a change in population demographic in the last 7

days?

been a change in population demographic in the last 7 days? SOR What CLC personnel can

SOR

What CLC personnel can report on=they become a “sensor”

Report the presence of an increase in military age males carrying

weapons.

Report a change in perception of popular support to CF in Barakah .

Are they displaying outward hostility to CLCs passing through?

Report an increase in craters on the ingress and egress routes vic

Barakah.

d. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will identify little-known areas within the C-T-B OE that require informal assessments by patrols to identify key leaders, infrastructure, and basic population information; this information will also become C-T-B SIR and SOR.

e. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will coordinate for and liaison with any external intelligence collection assets working with the C-T-B.

f. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that C-T-B -level tactical questioning (TQ) does not inadvertently become unlawful interrogation by following the guidance in the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander’s Guide to HUMINT Operations and the Laws of Armed

Conflict.

level leaders (PLs, SLs, TLs) which will ensure adherence to published division standards and Laws of Armed Conflict.

The BCT Military Intelligence Company will provide a TQ training course to platoon

(1)

C-T-B TQ will involve direct questions only.

(2)

C-T-B TQ will not use interrogation approaches, defined as “any means used to entice

(3)

a detained person to give information he would not normally give.At no time will TQ involve threats directed at the detainee or his family.

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g. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that C-T-B -level informant operations do not inadvertently become unlawful source operations by following the guidance in the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander’s Guide to HUMINT Operations and the Laws of Armed Conflict.

(1)

C-T-B informant operations are defined as passive versus active HUMINT collection.

(2)

C-T-B informants may be sensitized to general information useful to the unit, but may not be tasked, either directly or implied, to collect specific information (“ask, don’t task”).

h. The C-T-B Fusion Cell will ensure that all casual and regular informants are entered into the Informant Contact Log (see Annex K) and have updated Informant Personal Information Sheets (see Annex J); the Fusion Cell OIC/NCOIC will coordinate with the BN S-2 and HCT (HUMINT Collection Team, formerly known as THT) for review of these products and the assignment of contact tracking numbers.

i. The C-T-B Fusion Cell should make every effort to hand reliable informants over to the unit’s HCT as soon as possible to become legitimate sources. To help determine reliability in human reporting, see the figure below. The first column represents the historical reliability of an informant or source. The more detailed and correct information that an individual provides on a regular basis, then the higher letter he or she is assigned. The second column focuses on the validity of the information provided. Information that matches other reports and is logical is assigned a higher digit. An extremely reliable source that provides information backed up by two other sources would likely have an A1 assigned to the information he or she reports.

have an A1 assigned to the information he or she reports. j. To facilitate walk-in informants,

j. To facilitate walk-in informants, the C-T-B Fusion Cell will establish an informant meeting and debriefing area and ensure that security personnel are prepared to receive local informants.

(1)

The meeting room should have chairs or couches, a table, drinks available, an ashtray,

(2)

large-scale unmarked maps for map-tracking purposes, and no windows. When walk-in informants are expected, ensure that security personnel are well briefed on what to expect and what to do when an informant arrives.

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k. In conduct of missions, Soldiers will generate new potential sources for HUMINT personnel to develop. C-T-B Fusion Cell Soldiers should work closely with higher echelon intelligence sections to ensure new sources are properly developed. Some valuable sources of HUMINT include the following.

(1)

Patrol debriefings and after-action reviews. Patrols regularly encounter individuals

(2)

offering information and observe new enemy TTP. Patrol debriefings are especially important to unit operations and the information collected can be of significance to higher echelons. Civil affairs reports. These are especially useful for gathering information about politics,

(3)

economy, and infrastructure. Civil affairs personnel also regularly come into contact with individuals offering information. Special Forces reporting. Special Forces often work closely with local nationals and

(4)

produce valuable HUMINT reports. Leadership liaison. Commanders and leaders regularly meet with their counterparts in

(5)

the HN security forces and with community leaders. These meetings often result in the passing of information or tips. Contracting. Contracting officers work with theater contractors, both HN and external,

(6)

performing support functions or building national infrastructure. Contractors may offer information to contracting officers. Multinational operations centers. These provide a venue for sharing information

(7)

between the host nation and U.S. personnel. Coalition Partners. If working in an environment where units will have contact with

(8)

members of an International coalition, the Coalition partners may have valuable information they are willing to share. Tips hotlines. Telephone or e-mail hotlines provide a means for local citizens to provide

(9)

information without undue exposure to insurgent retribution. They are especially useful for time sensitive intelligence, such as warning of an attack, or the current location of an insurgent. U.S. persons. There will be times when U.S. civilians, such as contractors or

(10)

journalists, offer information. For legal reasons, it is important to understand regulations regarding intelligence-related information collected from U.S. persons. In addition, military intelligence personnel cannot collect information concerning U.S. persons. (See FM 2-22.3) Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). Many organizations like the Red Cross,

(11)

doctors without borders, and others may be operating in the unit AOR. These groups may be willing to work with military units for information purposes. Other groups or agencies. In modern operations, there will likely be individuals working with organizations gathering information and intelligence. Examples of these agencies are the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Defense HUMINT Service.

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SECTION 6: C-T-B TAC CP OPERATIONS

1. Whenever the commander goes forward of the CP, he will establish a small-scale C-T-B Tactical Command Post (TAC CP) to facilitate effective command and control.

2. TAC Requirements. The composition of the C-T-B TAC will vary depending on the type, size, and duration of the operation, whether the commander is mounted or dismounted, and whether the TAC is reporting back to the C-T-B CP or directly to the Battalion TOC.

a. For communications to the C-T-B CP or to higher headquarters, to subordinate units, and to supporting units (aviation, EOD, etc.), the TAC will employ a minimum of one primary, one alternate, and one contingency/emergency (PACE) communication system; refer to table below for capabilities and limitations of available communication systems.

System

Planning

System Capabilities

System Limitations

Range

SINCGARS:

12-20 km

-

Wide distribution throughout BCT

-

Line of sight system and is severely

Mounted

Range can be extended with antennas or by setting up a retrans/relay station

-

affected by terrain and weather; use LOS function on BFT and CPOF to estimate terrain effects

with Power

Amplifier

SINCGARS:

3-7 km

-

Wide distribution throughout BCT

- Short battery life (10-15 hours)

Dismounted

Range can be extended with antennas or by setting up a retrans/relay station

-

- Line of sight system and is severely

affected by terrain and weather; use LOS

function on BFT and CPOF to estimate terrain effects

MBTR FM

2-5 km

- Much lighter than SINCGARS

-

Limited availability in BCT

- Does not require an RTO

- Can use 3 volt batteries

Less range than SINCGARS due to reduced antenna capability

-

BFT

Unlimited

- Wide distribution throughout BCT

- Limited to mounted or CP operations only

TACSAT

Unlimited

- Has FM as well as SATCOM

- Limited availability in BCT

capability with longer range than dismounted SINCGARS (4-10 km)

- Heavy system

- Requires a trained operator

-

Mounted system with “X-Wing”

Dismounted system must be stationary for several minutes to set-up antenna for transmission

-

antenna can transmit while moving

Poor transmission quality; must speak slowly to be understood

-

- Short battery life (12-15 hours)

HF FM

Unlimited

Not affected by physical location as much as TACSAT

-

- Limited availability in BCT

- Heavy system

-

Mounted system can transmit

- Vulnerable to interception

while moving

- Requires a trained operator

-

Variety of antennas available

Dismounted system must be stationary for several minutes to ground system for transmission

-

based on different missions and required range of communications

Poor transmission quality; must speak slowly to be understood

-

- Short battery life (12-15 hours)

LMR

1-3 km

- Wide distribution throughout BCT

- Limited range

- Light weight

- Not all U.S. units have LMR

Cell Phone

Variable

- Light weight

- Limited availability in BCT

Easy to have uninterrupted two- way conversations

-

- Very unsecure

Limited cell phone coverage in less developed areas

-

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Satellite

Variable

-

Light weight

- Limited availability in BCT

Phone

Easy to have uninterrupted two- way conversations

-

- Unsecure

- Reception vulnerable to clouds & dust

b.

For contingency/emergency communications and visual signaling, the TAC will carry multi- colored starclusters, smoke grenades, IR strobes, VS-17 panels, a chemlight buzzsaw, a laser pointer, visible and IR lights, and other mission specific devices.

c.

If an USAF Joint Tactical Air Control (JTAC) element accompanies the TAC, direct communication with USAF fixed wing aviation is possible via their specialized commo equipment; if not, the TAC must relay through the BCT or BN TOC to communicate with fixed wing support.

d.

Battle Tracking. The TAC must be prepared to track the battle with one or more tracking tools.

(1)

A laminated set of operational graphics with a permanent map marker to facilitate battle tracking (i.e. crossing off buildings that have been cleared). An execution checklist; the battalion TOC and all supporting units must be using the same execution checklist as the C-T-B TAC to facilitate clear communications. A Grid Reference Graphic (GRG) distributed to the BN TOC and supporting aviation, artillery, and UAS units if present to facilitate combined arms integration. See Annex H for example GRG. If the TAC is mounted, the BFT can be used to aid in battle tracking. Other specialized operational graphics as required (fire support, CASEVAC, etc.).

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

e.

Other C-T-B TAC Equipment:

 

(1)

Current commo card. Extra batteries for all commo equipment. Hands-free style flashlights.

(2)

(3)

3. Key TAC personnel. The C-T-B TAC can range in size from 2-20 personnel depending on the mission and attachments; ensure that all TAC personnel are briefed, rehearsed, and accounted for at all times.

a. RTOs. Minimum of one RTO for C-T-B command net and one RTO for communications to higher; for shorter duration, smaller-scale operations, the commander can use the MBITR to talk on C-T-B command net, thus reducing RTO requirements to one.

b. FSO/FSNCO. While not required for small-scale operations, the FSO or FSNCO can help the commander by directing fires, talking to supporting aviation assets, monitoring the fires net, and running the TAC while the commander runs the battle.

c. C-T-B XO. While not required for small-scale operations, the XO can help the commander by tracking and coordinating logistical support, running PZs, and supervising critical supporting efforts. For large operations including multiple attachments and/or host nation forces, the XO can assist the commander by establishing a secondary TAC CP with several elements task organized under him for command and control.

d. C-T-B 1SG. While not required for small-scale operations, the 1SG can help the commander by coordinating CASEVAC in conjunction with the C-T-B medic, running PZs, and supervising critical supporting efforts.

e. Security. If the TAC is not co-located with a maneuver element, a dedicated TAC security element is required.

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