Joint Information Operations Planners’ Course ( JIOPC)

Prospective JIOPC Students: Due to heavy demand for JIOPC, the course will be seated and closed 7 days prior to the course start date.


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 a prerequisite for personnel assigned to the Joint IO career force.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of the JIOPC is to educate and train military students between the ranks of 0-4 through 0-6, and DoD Civilian equivalents, to plan, integrate, and synchronize IO into joint operational-level plans and orders. The school accomplishes this through a combination of in-residence class presentations, guest lectures, case studies, and practical exercises in a joint seminar environment. Specifically, the course focuses on the following six (6) learning areas:

  1. Adaptive Planning and Execution (APEX) system
  2. Joint Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (JIPOE)
  3. IO Planning
  4. Interagency Planning & Coordination
  5. Military Deception (MILDEC)
  6. Operations Security (OPSEC)

Throughout the course the students use traditional planning methodologies within the joint planning community. The course is based upon joint doctrine that is reinforced, when necessary, by a compilation of various tactics, techniques, and procedures from throughout the Department of Defense.

The JIOPC is only taught in residence at the Joint Forces Staff College.


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 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


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 thirty (30) days prior to the course start date.


Rank Requirement

O-4 to O-6 or DoD civilian equivalent

Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Last Update: 1 October 2017