The success of operations conducted in hostile environments depends on thorough, realistic, and executable plans to mobilize, deploy, sustain, employ and redeploy forces. This directive establishes policies to ensure the Air Force develops plans which provide supported and supporting commanders with a baseline of operations and logistics support capabilities for a given scenario.


HThis revision aligns the policy directive with the Fiscal Year 96 Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan and updates the Plans Meeting Tasking Authority Needs and Status of OPLAN Review metrics.

H 1. The Air Force will accomplish operations planning that meets the needs of any authority who tasks such planning. Time-phased force and deployment data (TPFDD) and associated operation plans (OPLAN) and concept plans (CONPLAN) created by the operations planning process will be reviewed at least annually to ensure currency.

2.1. The Air Force will conduct operations planning, whether in peacetime, crisis, or war, according to the four major interrelated systems affecting the development and implementation of plans:
(1) The National Security Council System.
(2) The Joint Strategic Planning System.
(3) The Biennial Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System.
(4) The Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES).
2.2. In addition, the Air Force-unique planning system, the Contingency Operation Mobility/Planning and Execution System (COMPES), will be used in all aspects of conventional plan development and implementation.

H 3. When tasked by their unified commands, Air Force component commands will develop Air Force portions of supported command plans. When tasked by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), the unified commands, HQ US Air Force (or appropriate commander), Air Force component commands, major commands (MAJCOM), field operating agencies (FOA), direct reporting units (DRU), and wing or base units will develop OPLANs, CONPLANs, functional plans, supporting plans, mobilization plans, base support plans, or deployment plans, as appropriate. When so directed by the National Command Authorities, Air Force organizations will implement these plans.

4. This directive establishes the following responsibilities and authorities:

4.1. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations (HQ USAF/XO) is responsible for policy, guidance, procedures, and oversight affecting the US Air Force operations planning process. HQ USAF/XO will coordinate with offices of collateral authority on any changes to Department of Defense (DoD) guidance on operations planning.

4.2. Air Staff and command functional managers will develop their respective portions of the USAF War and Mobilization Plan in support of Air Force operations planning requirements.

H 4.3. Commanders of Air Force component commands, MAJCOMs, FOAs, DRUs, wings or bases, and Air Force-gained Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces are responsible for plan development to the Chief of Staff, US Air Force, through HQ USAF/XO.

Supersedes AFPD 10-4, 7 September 1993. Certified by: HQ USAF/XOX (Maj Gen Robert E. Linhard)
OPR: HQ USAF/XOXW (Lt Col Dennis M. McFall) Pages: 5/Distribution: F

4.4. Commanders will ensure plans and associated TPFDDs are developed and maintained with the most up-to-date information available to support execution.

4.5. Commanders will ensure plans provide for the continuation of essential services in accordance with DoD Instruction 3020.37, Continuation of Essential DoD Contractor Services During Crisis (FM&P), November 6,1990, and consider environmental standards, operational concerns for safety, and occupational health protection at deployment locations.

4.6. Air Force Materiel Command (OC-ALC/TILUB) will administer management functions for publication and distribution of Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness documents. These publications, primarily the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals, will be used to analyze attack missions, develop weapons requirements, and conduct war game exercises.

5. This directive implements national and DoD policies contained in the National Security Act of 1947, as amended; applicable CJCS Memorandums of Policy; and applicable joint publications. This directive mandates submission of RCS: HAF-XOX(A&AR)9001, the Wartime Aircraft Activity Report.

6. See Attachment 1 for measures used to assess compliance with this policy.

7. In addition to interfacing publications for the planning and implementing systems in paragraphs 1.2.1 and 1.2.2, see attachment 2 for related publications.

DCS/Plans and Operations

2 Attachments
1. Measuring Compliance With Policy
2. Related Publications


A1.1. The goal of operations planning is the creation and maintenance of a plan that meets the needs of the authority who tasks its development. For this reason, compliance with policy will be assessed by measuring: Plans Meeting Tasking Authority Needs and Status of OPLAN Review. The measurement charts (Figure A1.1 and A1.2) will display trends in progress toward goals.

H A1.1.1 Plans Meeting Tasking Authority Needs. The policy to create plans that meet the needs of the tasking authority will be assessed by comparing the number of plans listed in para 1.3 tasked for completion each year to Air Force component commands and MAJCOMs with the number of these plans provided on time and approved. Comparisons will be converted into percentages and charted annually. The desired goal is 100%. Each Air Force component command and MAJCOM with operations planning requirements listed in para 1.3 will take measurements and report results annually. Reporting is done through RCS: HAF-XOX(A)9335, Status of Plans Meeting Tasking Authority Needs Report, via electrical message to reach HQ USAF/XOXW not later than 30 calendar days after the calendar year end. Reporting is suspended during emergency conditions or MINIMIZE.

H A1.1.2 Status of Plan Review. The policy to maintain plans and associated TPFDDs will be assessed by comparing the number of Air Force component plans requiring review each year (12 months since approval or last review) with the number reviewed during the following time periods: 12 months through 18 months since approval or last review and over 18 months since approval or last review. Comparisons will be converted into percentages and charted annually. The desired goal is 100% reviewed within 12 through 18 months. Reporting is done through RCS: HAF-XOX(A)9348, Status of Plan Review Report, via electrical message to reach HQ USAF/XOXW not later than 30 calendar days after the calendar year end. Reporting is suspended during emergency conditions or MINIMIZE.

Figure A1.1. Plans Meeting Tasking Authority Needs.

Figure A1.2. Status of Plan Review.


AFMAN 10-401, Operation Plan and Concept Plan Development and Implementation
AFI 10-402, Mobilization Planning
AFI 10-403, Deployment Planning
AFI 10-404, Base Support Planning
AFI 10-406, Mobility for Air Mobility Command (AMC) Forces
AFI 10-408, Mobility for Air Force Material Command Support Forces
AFI 10-410, Mobility for Air Force SpecialOperations Command (AFSOC) Forces
AFI 10-411, Joint Technical Coordination Group forMunitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME)Publication
AFH 10-416, Personnel Readiness & Mobilization

Also see USAF War and Mobilization Plan, volumes 1 through 6. (Source of availability: HQ USAF/XOXW, Wash DC 20330-1480.)