Joint Staff Officers Guide AFSC Pub 1 -- 1997

Appendix E Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Estimate

This description is adapted from Joint Pub 5-03.1 (to be published as CJCSM 3122.01).



Originating Division, Issuing Headquarters*

Place of Issue

Date-time Group, Month, Year


ESTIMATE NUMBER ______________**

( ) REFERENCES: a. Maps and charts

b. Other pertinent documents

1. ( ) Mission. State the mission of the command as a whole, taken from the commanderís mission analysis, planning guidance, or other statements.

2. ( ) Situation and Considerations

a. ( ) Characteristics of the Area of Operation. Summarize data about the area, taken from the intelligence estimate or area study, with specific emphasis on significant factors affecting C4 activities.

b. ( ) Enemy Forces

(1) ( ) Strength and Dispositions. Refer to current intelligence estimate.

(2) ( ) Enemy Capabilities. Discuss enemy capabilities, taken from the current intelligence estimate, with specific emphasis on their impact on the C4 situation.

c. ( ) Friendly Forces

(1) ( ) Present Disposition of Major Elements. Include an estimate of their strengths.

(2) ( ) Own Courses of Action. State the proposed COAs under consideration, obtained from operations or plans division.

(3) ( ) Probable Tactical Developments. Review major deployments and C4 preparations necessary in all phases of the operation proposed. IW against enemy capabilities should be included.

d. ( ) Personnel Situation. State known personnel problems that may affect the C4 situation.

e. ( ) Logistic Situation. State known logistics problems that may affect the C4 situation.

f. ( ) Assumptions. State assumptions about the C4 aspects of the situation made for this estimate. Because basic assumptions for the operation already have been made and will appear in planning guidance and in the plan itself, they should not be repeated here. Certain C4 assumptions may have been made in preparing this estimate, and those should be stated here.

g. ( ) Special Features. State special features that are not covered elsewhere in the estimate but that may influence the C4 situation.

h. ( ) Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Situation. Consideration should be given to line-of-sight communications, satellite communications (SATCOM), UHF SATCOM, ground mobile command post, the DSCS Ground Mobile Segment, and DCS Interface.

*(l) ( ) C2 Communications

*(2) ( ) Administrative Communications

*(3) ( ) Communications Intelligence

*(4) ( ) Communications Security

*(5) ( ) Communications Support for Combat Operations

(a) ( ) Joint Tactical Air Operations

(b) ( ) Air-to-Ground Operations (CAS and BAI)

(c) ( ) Naval Surface Fire Support Operations

*(6) ( ) Communications Control and Aids for Supporting Arms

*(7) ( ) Communications Requirements for Other Activities

3. ( ) Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Analysis of Own Courses of Action. Make an orderly examination of the C4 factors influencing the proposed COAs to determine the manner and degree of that influence. The objective of this analysis is to isolate the C4 implications that should be weighed by the commander in the Commanderís Estimate of the Situation.

a. ( ) Analyze each COA from a C4 point of view. The detail in which the analysis is made is determined by considering the level of command, scope of contemplated operations, and urgency of need.

b. ( ) The C4 factors in paragraph 2 are the elements to be analyzed for each COA under consideration. Examine these factors realistically and include appropriate considerations of climate and weather, hydrography, time and space, enemy capabilities, and other significant factors that may have an impact on the C4 situation as it affects the COAs.

c. ( ) Throughout the analysis, keep C4 foremost in mind. The analysis is not intended to produce a decision but to ensure that all applicable factors have been properly considered and serve as the basis for the comparisons in paragraph 4.

4. ( ) Comparison of Own Courses of Action

a. ( ) As in the Commanderís Estimate, list the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed course of action from the J-6 point of view.

b. ( ) Use a worksheet similar to the one in the Commanderís Estimate, if necessary.

5. ( ) Conclusions

a. ( ) State whether or not the mission set forth in paragraph 1 can be supported from a C4 standpoint.

b. ( ) State which COA under consideration can best be supported from a C4 standpoint.

c. ( ) Identify the major C4 deficiencies that must be brought to the commanderís attention. Include recommendations concerning the methods of eliminating or reducing the effects of those deficiencies.

(Signed) _____________________________




ANNEXES: (By letter and title.) Use annexes when the information is in graphs or is of such detail and volume that inclusion in the body makes the estimates too cumbersome. They should be lettered sequentially as they occur throughout the estimate. Subject areas that should be discussed are communications security, C4 systems protection (including identification of initial nodes), and communications planning.

DISTRIBUTION: (According to procedures and policies of the issuing headquarters)