Joint Information Operations Planners’ Course (JIOPC)

Joint Information Operations Orientation Course (JIOOC) is a prequisite to the Joint Information Operations Planner’s Course (JIOPC)


Course Mission

The mission of the Joint Information Operations Planners Course (JIOPC) is to establish a common level of understanding for IO planners and IO capability specialists who will serve in joint operational-level IO billets. This course is for personnel assigned to the Joint IO career force.

Course Objectives

The primary objective if the JIOPC is to educate and train military student and DoD civilian equivalents  to plan, integrate, and synchronize IO into joint operational-level plans and orders. This course accomplishes this through a combination of distance-learning or in-residence class presentations, guest lectures, case studies, and practical exercises in a joint seminar environment orient you to IO planning using the information related capabilities (IRCs). Specifically, the course focuses on the following six (6) learning areas:

Module 1: Information Operations Orientation
Module 2: Information Environment
Module 3: Information Operations Planning
Module 4: OPSEC Planning
Module 5: MILDEC Planning (only given in-residence)
Module 6: Integration and Synchronization

Throughout this course, the students execute joint planning from an IO perspective. The course is based upon joint doctrine that is reinforced, when necessary, by various tactics, techniques, and procedures from throughput the Department of Defense.

The JIOPC is only taught at the Joint Forces Staff College. One (1) distance-learning course is offered every year, the remaining three (3) are in-residence.


Course Description

Students will be assigned to a working group consisting of approximately eight to ten individuals led by a faculty mentor. The group faculty mentor will appoint a student group leader. Each student in the group is expected to participate in the group work as directed by the student group leader and the faculty mentor. Each group will conduct their planning in parallel on the same problem. Students will be required to contribute to the development of written products and briefings.


Course Length

The course is four (4) weeks (approximately 150 hours).

Graduation Criteria

All students are required to actively participate in the practical exercise, discussions, and presentations to successfully complete the course. Practical exercises and student participation will be formally evaluated. Students will attend all classes while in residence in order to obtain the certificate of completion. If students need to conduct other business while TDY to the college, they should plan to do it outside of class hours, or extend their time in the area.


Security Clearance Requirements

All students enrolled in the JIOPC must possess a final U.S. Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). (more...)

For additional security clearance information please contact the JFSC SSO at 757-443-6324/26 or at
No Waiver will be granted for students who do not posses a current TS/SCI. Students with Interim SCI are authorized to attend; interim clearance must be obtained by owning command prior to start of class.


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 three weeks prior to the course start date or if the course reaches capacity.


Rank Requirement

Per CJCSI 3210.01C (14 February 2014), the Joint Information Operations Force (JIOF) consists of IO units and staff elements within the Joint Staff, CCMD, and JTF/JFC headquarters population of commissioned officers in grades O-4 through O-9 and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in grades E-6 through E-9 drawn from the Active and Reserve Components, as well as DoD civilians, who conduct IO.

Other students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to obtain a letter of recommendation from their leadership.


Registration Instructions

To register for JIOPC follow the following instructions:
1.  Complete the JIOPC Application Form at (recommend using Internet Explorer)

2.  Send your completed 2875 and IA cert to the registrar office and SSO VIA email

3.  Student will have their clearance transmitted to the JFSC SSO at least two weeks prior to arriving. Your SSO may forward your clearance via DISS using SMO code 617203 for SCI, and 617206 for collateral. Our back channel message PLA is SSO JSFCOL. FAX number (757) 443-6053.


1.  The IA cert must be obtained on the JKO website only.

2.  Student must possess a TS/SCI clearance.

3.  As previously stated, JIOOC is a prerequisite for JIOPC! You must complete JIOOC before attending JIOPC!

4.  Orders from your service do not constitute course approval for JIOOC or JIOPC. All students must apply for JIOOC and JIOPC through JEMIS, as described above.

Contact Information

JIOPC Director: (757)-443-6343
Email: for IO all course Directors and Instructors

Last Update: 4 Feb 2021