Joint Staff Officers Guide AFSC Pub 1 -- 1997

Appendix L CJCS Alert Order

1. Purpose. The ALERT ORDER is issued by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). The Alert Order requires Secretary of Defense authorization because it conveys the NCA decision on COA selection that might initiate execution planning.

2. When Issued. An Alert Order is normally issued following a decision by the NCA that conduct of military operations in support of national interests is a distinct possibility. The Alert Order is normally issued after the Commanderís Estimate is received. In a rapidly developing situation, however, the Alert Order may be issued immediately following recognition of a crisis without the prior exchange of information normally included in Phases I, II, and III of CAP procedures, or it may be omitted if a Planning Order has been issued (also see Appendix K).

3. How Issued. The Alert Order is issued by record communication, normally using a precedence of IMMEDIATE. In a particularly time-sensitive situation, a FLASH precedence or an emergency action message may be appropriate. Oral or other teleconferencing notification should be made, but must be followed by record communication.

4. Addressees. AIG 8790 is normally used in CAP messages. Action addressees in the AIG are the CINCs and DIRNSA. The C2 paragraph designates supported and supporting commanders. Information addressees in the AIG include the Services and other interested commands and agenciesí component commanders may be included as information addressees to speed dissemination and facilitate planning.

5. Contents

a. The specific contents of the Alert Order may vary widely, as with the Warning Order or Planning Order, depending on the nature of the crisis and the degree of prior planning. An existing plan may be applicable as written, partially applicable, or adapted to fit the particular crisis. When no existing plan is adaptable to the crisis, the emergency preparation of an OPORD may be necessary.

b. The Alert Order generally follows the major paragraph headings of an OPORD and may include any or all of the information listed in subparagraphs 5b(l) through (6) below. For valid information previously covered in the Warning Order or Planning Order, reference to the order is sufficient. Information that is not applicable or is irrelevant to execution planning may be omitted. Where an OPLAN is applicable, only minimal information such as the target date for execution or changes in ROE may be necessary. The following format is designed to serve as a checklist for guidance information that may be relevant. It is not intended as a listing of mandatory information, and unnecessary headings should be deleted in situations where they are not required.

(1) Authority. Statement indicating authority for issuing the Alert Order. Indicate specific task assignments or requests to supported and supporting commanders.

(2) Situation. A description of the current politico-military situation as developed in the latest DIA intelligence assessment. Reference to enemy and friendly forces is not required unless necessary for execution planning or not otherwise available to the supported commander.

(3) Mission. A refined statement of the tasks and purpose to be accomplished. It may or may not have changed from the anticipated mission previously given in the Warning Order or Planning Order or the estimate of the supported commander.

(4) Execution

(a) Course of Action. The COA as finally approved by the NCA in clear, precise military objectives. This will be the basis for the concept of operations of the supported commander.

(b) Combat Forces. A listing of the combat forces approved for the operation

(c) Strategic Lift Pre-positioning. Authority, if appropriate, to pre-position lift assets preparatory to deployment operations

(d) OPSEC Guidance. When no Warning or Planning Order has been issued, include guidance as shown in Appendix 1, Annex C, subparagraph 5e.

(e) PSYOP Guidance. When no Warning or Planning Order has been issued, include guidance as shown in Annex C, subparagraph 5c(4) (c).

(f) Intelligence Guidance

(g) Counterintelligence Guidance. When no Warning or Planning Order has been issued, include guidance as shown in Annex C, subparagraph 5c(4) (e).

(h) Civil Affairs Guidance. When no Warning or Planning Order has been issued, include guidance as shown in Annex C, subparagraph 5c(4) (f).

(i) Coordinating Instructions

1. Proposed C-day and L-hour for deployments*

2. Proposed M-day for mobilization

3. Target D-day for execution

4. Estimated duration of the operation

5. DEFCON or deployability posture

6. Operational constraints, including any special ROE for this specific

operation

7. Release of SIOP-committed forces

8. Unit combat readiness criteria

9. Authorization for direct liaison between commands

(j) Public Affairs Guidance. See CJCS Warning or Planning Order.

(k) Combat Camera Guidance. See CJCS Warning or Planning Order.

(5) Administration and Logistics

(a) Transportation, as follows:

1. Airlift movement priority

2. Maximum numbers and types of strategic lift resources available

3. Load-planning factors for each type of lift resources

4. Other strategic movement planning guidance, as appropriate

(b) Force activity designator (FAD) assigned to forces in the operation or CJCS project code, if warranted

(c) Fund citations, authorization to commit resources, or both

(d) Personnel deployment criteria

(e) Code names and code numbers of the operation

(f) Reporting instructions

(g) Classification and declassification guidance

(h) Known logistics constraints

(6) Command and Signal

(a) Communications Guidance: specific guidance on request of CJCS-controlled assets

(b) Command Relationships

1. Designation of supported and supporting commanders and coordination instructions

2. NCA-approved command relationships (COCOM, OPCON, TACON) the gaining commander will exercise over forces transferred by the NCA and locations where the force transfers will be effective (normally AOR boundary)

6. DEPLOYMENT PREPARATION ORDERS or DEPLOYMENT ORDERS. If required by circumstances, the Alert Order may include a Deployment Preparation Order or Deployment Order, i.e., changes to alert status of units and movement of selected forces to pre-position for impending operations

7. Sample Alert Order. The Appendix is a sample Alert Order.

NOTE: Items previously included in the Warning Order or Planning Order and/or Deployment Preparation or Deployment Order need not be repeated unless information has changed.

SAMPLE FORMAT FOR CJCS ALERT ORDER

{PRECEDENCE}

FROM: CJCS WASHINGTON DC

TO: USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL*

USCINCLANT NORFOLK VA

USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE

CINCFOR FT MCPHERSON GA

USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI

USCINCSPACE PETERSON AFB CO

USCINCSO QUARRY HEIGHTS PM

USCINCSOC MACDILL AFB FL

USCINCSTRAT OFFUTT AFB NE

USCINCTRANS SCOTT AFB IL

DIRNSA FT GEORGE G MEADE MD

HQ ACC LANGLEY AFB VA//CC//

INFO WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM WASHINGTON DC

SECSTATE WASHINGTON DC

SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP-CH/ASD:PA//

DISTR: SJS-N/CJCS:PA/Jl/J3/J4/J5/J6/J6Z/J7/J8/NMCC:DDO/NIDS/DOCDIV

CSA WASHINGTON DC

CNO WASHINGTON DC

CSAF WASHINGTON DC

CMC WASHINGTON DC

CDRUSELNORAD PETERSON AFB CO

HQ AMC SCOTT AFB IL//CC//

DISA WASHINGTON DC

DIA WASHINGTON DC

DLA CAMERON STATION VA

HQ DMA FAIRFAX VA

CIA WASHINGTON DC

CENTRAL IMAGERY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

CDRMTMC FALLS CHURCH VA

COMSC WASHINGTON DC

COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC

COMUSARCENT FT MCPHERSON GA

USCENTAF SHAW AFB SC//CC//

COMUSNAVCENT

CINCLANTFLT NORFOLK VA

CG FMFLANT

CINCPACFLT PEARL HARBOR HI

USTRANSCOM LO MACDILL AFB FL

CINCPACAF HICKAM AFB HI

CG FMFPAC

CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK

CDRJCSE MACDILL AFB FL

JOINT STAFF ICP MANAGER MACDILL AFB FL

C L A S S I F I C A T I O N

OPER/BLUENOSE//

MSGID/ORDER/CJCS//

AMPN/SPECIAL HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS//

REF/A/ORDER/CJCS/211742ZNOV ___/-/NOTAL//

REF/B/MSG/USCINCCENT/242100ZNOV___/-/NOTAL//

REF/C/DOC/USCINCCENT/-//

NARR/CJCS WARNING ORDER, COMMANDERíS ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION, USCINCCENT OPLAN XXXX//

ORDTYP/ALORD/CJCS//

TIMEZONE/Z//

NARR/( ) THIS IS AN ALERT ORDER. THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS AUTHORIZED EXECUTION PLANNING FOR USCINCCENT OPLAN XXXX.

SUPPORTED CINC OPORD OR IMPLEMENTING INSTRUCTIONS REQUESTED BY 301000Z NOV ___.//*

GENTEXT/SITUATION/

1. ( ) SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.//

GENTEXT/MISSION/

2. ( ) SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.//

GENTEXT/EXECUTION/

3. ( ) COURSE OF ACTION. THE NCA APPROVED COA NUMBER 1 AS CONTAINED IN REF B.

4. ( ) MAJOR COMBAT FORCES. APPROVED AS PER REF A.

5. ( ) _______________. USCINCTRANS IS AUTHORIZED TO MOVE AIRCRAFT AND STAGE CREWS TO SUPPORT OPERATIONS.

6. ( ) OPSEC GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

7. ( ) PSYOP GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

8. ( ) INTELLIGENCE GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

9. ( ) CI GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

10. ( ) COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS

A. ( ) PROPOSED C-DAY, L-HOUR IS 29000lZ OCT ____. REQUEST USTRANSCOM COORDINATE WITH SUPPORTING CINCS AND RECOMMEND FIRM C-DAY, L-HOUR TO CJCS.

B. ( ) TARGET DATE FOR EXECUTION IS 1 DEC _____.

C. ( ) SUPPORTING COMMANDSí DEPLOYMENT AND MOVEMENT DATA ARE MOVEMENT SCHEDULES REQUIRED TO USTRANSCOM BY 280400Z NOV ___. MOVEMENT SCHEDULES* REQUIRED BY 290400Z

NOV ___.

D. ( ) USTRANSCOM WILL COORDINATE AND MONITOR DEPLOYMENTS AS REQUIRED BY USCINCCENT AND SUPPORTING COMMANDERS.

E. ( ) OTHER COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS PER WARNING ORDER OR PLANNING ORDER.

F. ( ) DIRLAUTH ALCON. KEEP THE JOINT STAFF INFORMED.//

GENTEXT/ADMIN AND LOG/

11. ( ) TRANSPORT. ALLOCATION OF STRATEGIC LIFT FOR REVISED PLANNING, PARTIAL MOBILIZATION AUTHORIZED 17 NOV ___. AIRLIFT PLANNING IS BASED ON USTRANSCOM PLUS CRAF STAGE III (EFFECTIVE PROPOSED C-DAY MINUS 4). SEALIFT PLANNING IS BASED ON USTRANSCOM-CONTROLLED FLEET PLUS THE RRF AND SELECTIVE REQUISITIONING OF US FLAG MERCHANT MARINE OVER AND ABOVE THE RRF.

A. ( ) AIRLIFT MOVEMENT PRIORITY. lB2.

B. ( ) ACTIVATING CRAF STAGE III IS PRUDENT GIVEN THE LIFT REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPORT USCINCCENT OPLAN XXXX. ACCORDINGLY, STRATEGIC ASSETS FROM CRAF STAGE III ARE MADE AVAILABLE AS OUTLINED ABOVE. IF NECESSARY, ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DESCRIBED IN THE CJCS EXECUTE ORDER. AS NOTED IN THE WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER, USTRANSCOM AIRCRAFT FROM USCINCPAC OPLAN XXXX SUPPORT WILL BE ON A ONE-FOR-ONE EXCHANGE FOR COMMERCIAL CAPABILITY FROM CRAF III ASSETS. THIS ACTION WILL ENSURE THAT USCINCCENT OPLAN XXXX SUPPORT WILL NOT BE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE USCINCPAC OPLAN XXXX FLOW.

12. ( ) FORCE ACTIVITY DESIGNATOR (FAD). SEE CJCS WARNING AND PLANNING ORDER.

13. ( ) THE USE OF JOPES IS DIRECTED.

14. ( ) FUND CITATIONS WILL BE ISSUED SEPARATELY.

15. ( ) KNOWN LOGISTICS CONSTRAINTS.

16. ( ) PERSONNEL DEPLOYMENT CRITERIA. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

17. ( ) REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS. PER JOINT PUBS

1-03.8 AND 6-04. AFTER-ACTION REPORTS--PER JOINT PUB 1-03.30.

18. ( ) CLASSIFICATION AND DECLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

19. ( ) PUBLIC AFFAIRS GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

20. ( ) COMBAT CAMERA GUIDANCE. COMBAT CAMERA DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED OF THIS OPERATION. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.//

GENTEXT/COMMAND AND SIGNAL/

21. ( ) COMMUNICATIONS GUIDANCE. SEE CJCS WARNING OR PLANNING ORDER.

22. ( ) COMMAND RELATIONSHIPS. THE NCA HAVE APPROVED USCINCCENT EXERCISE OF OPCON OVER USCINCPAC AND COMACC FORCES TRANSFERRED FOR THIS OPERATION. FOR COMACC FORCES, TRANSFER WILL OCCUR ON THEIR ENTRY INTO USCINCCENT AOR. FOR USCINCPAC FORCES, TRANSFER WILL OCCUR ON EXECUTION OF THE OPERATION.

AKNLDG/Y//

DECL/OADR//