Special Operations Forces- Influence and Operations in the Information Environment (Pilot)
SOF-IOIE is the foundational course for the Strategic Influence and Information Advantage (SIIA) Integrated Program of Study (IPOS) nested within JSOU’s Learning Pathways in Action (LPIA) program. Designed primarily for personnel who are assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, Service Components and Theater Special Operations Commands in operations and planning billets, this course provides the latest theory, strategy, and doctrine, for Theater-Strategic Influence methods and Operational Information Capability planning to gain Information Advantage (IA). The familiarization with theories and history of strategic influence coupled with terms and concepts of joint information advantage will provide the learner with the knowledge and ability to integrate into the process for creating the influence effects required to achieve mission success. The SOF-OIE pilot is available through a combination of virtual and in-person learning with JSOU. This pilot course requires no prerequisite learning. The virtual portion of the course is one-month long and the in-person resident sessions are 5-days. The course is comprised of ten modules that include strategic influence, fundamentals of information, joint force use of information, unity of effort, operational design and planning for theater-strategic effects, execution, operational assessment planning, operations in the information environment, SOF in the OIE, and a practicum.
Personnel selected to attend SOF-IOIE should be assigned to USSOCOM, the TSOCs, or SOF Components or other U.S. government activities against billets related in some way related to SIIA. Planners from the J2, J3 and J5 as well as members of the information forces of Public Affairs, Civil Affairs, OPSEC, Cyber, EW, JEMSO, Deception, Space and PSYOP are encouraged to attend. This includes contractor support personnel with permission. Although the large majority of students in SOF-IOIE are affiliated with DoD, personnel in similar job positions in other federal agencies may also attend. This course is not open to international students at this time. Units are requested to fund travel necessary to attend this pilot.