Joint Information Operations Planners’ Course ( JIOPC) (FVEY, Joint IO)

Course Objective

The objective of the Joint Information Operations Orientation Course is to educate and train U.S. Government (USG) personnel in the military grades of Lieutenant/Captain (O-3) to Captain/Colonel (0-6) and civilian equivalents in the basics of joint Information Operations (IO), with a primary emphasis at the Combatant Command level. Specifically, the course focuses on teaching joint IO doctrine and Department of Defense IO policy guidance as they apply to the operational level of joint warfare. This course is particularly relevant to those serving in support of IO cells and other staff positions that require a basic knowledge of Joint IO. If IO planning skills are desired, then the student should take the JIPC.


Course Description

The course gives students a common baseline of IO knowledge upon which to build practical skills and abilities to employ IO tools and techniques. In this distance learning course, students are exposed to four blocks of instruction: Strategy; Intelligence support; Information Related Capabilities (IRC); and Organization, Training, and Equipping.


Graduation Criteria

Students must conduct all lessons, pre-tests, and post-tests. Students will also participate in a series of online discussion questions.


Course Length

17 lessons, distributed over approximately 4 weeks.


Quota Information

Individuals currently serving on a Unified Command staff or Joint IO cell have priority for quotas. Personnel from other commands may apply; however, seats will not be allocated until forty-five (45) days prior to the course start date.


Rank Requirement

O-3 to O-6 or DoD civilian equivalent. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Security Clearance Requirement

Security: Students are reminded they must possess a TS/SCI clearance. Any questions involving clearances may be directed to our SSO at commercial 210-977-4675, DSN 969-4675.

All doors within the JRIC require a proximity badge and PIN for entry. The course staff will have proximity badges to grant entry to student to the necessary areas. Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, laptops and other similar electronic devices are prohibited in the SCIF. Please do not bring them to class with you. (more...)


Reading Material

Read these articles as you prepare the begin distance learning.

Lesson 1A1: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Assymetrical Conflict, Marvin Kalb, John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University, February, 2007, pp. 3-39.

Lesson 1A2: A Theory Based View of IO, Marc J. Romanych, IO Sphere, Spring 2005.

Lesson 1A2: When Do We Teach the Basics? Donald E. Vandergriff, Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 58, 3rd Quarter 2010.

Lesson 1A3: Where are the JIACGs today? InterAgency Journal Vol. 2, Summer 2011.

Link to Additional Readings



Last update: 06 November 2014