This section, on pages 6-10, will help you understand how the commander intends on accomplishing the mission.
Commanders Intent - This includes the greater purpose of the operation and its relation to the entire force as well as what a successful mission will look like in its end state.
Key Tasks - These tasks are the activities the force must perform to achieve the desired end state.
End State - The end state outlines the desired future conditions of the friendly force in relationship to desired conditions of the enemy, terrain and civil considerations.
Concept of Operations - The concept of operations directs the manner in which subordinate units cooperate to accomplish the mission and establishes the sequence of actions the force will use to achieve the end state. This section will also give you the principal tasks required, the responsible subordinate units and how the principal tasks complement one another.
Normally, the concept of operations projects the status of the force at the end of the operation. If the mission dictates a significant change in tasks during the operation, the commander may phase the operation.
Scheme of Maneuver - This subsection describes the employment of maneuver units in accordance with the concept of operations. It tells you the primary tasks and purpose of maneuver units conducting decisive or shaping operations. These includes:
- Mobility/counter mobility including priorities by unit or area
- Battlefield obscuration including priorities by unit or area
- Reconnaissance and surveillance to support the concept of operations
- How intelligence will support the concept of operations
- How the commander intends to use fires to support the concept of operations with an emphasis on the scheme of maneuver
- Priorities of protection by unit and area, including survivability
- Stability operations in coordination with other organizations
Scheme of Fires - This section covers the purpose and objective of fires as well as the subsequent support tasks and allocations.
Scheme of Electronic Warfare - This covers the effects to deny, disrupt and neutralize communication systems.
Scheme of Engineer Operations - This section includes mobility operations, sustainment of the divisions, tasks and priorities.
Intelligence - This section describes how the commander envisions intelligence supporting the concept of operations. These include the priority of effort to situation development, targeting and assessment, as well as the priority of intelligence support to units and areas.
Tasks to Subordinate Units - These include the task(s) assigned to each unit that reports directly to the headquarters issuing the order. Each task will include who (the subordinate unit assigned the task), what (the task itself), when, where and why (purpose).
Coordinating Instructions - This section covers only instructions and tasks applicable to two or more units not covered in the unit's standard operating procedures (SOP), such as:
- Time or condition when the OPORD becomes effective
- Commander’s Critical Information Requirements List (CCIRs)
- Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFIs)
- Fire Support Coordination Measures
- Airspace Coordinating Measures
- Rules of Engagement
- Risk Reduction Control Measures
- Personnel Recovery Coordination Measures
- Environmental Considerations
- Themes and Messages
- Other Coordinating Instructions