(7) OPORD. The OPORD is produced and distributed at the end of the planning
phase. A schedule of events should be planned so the command knows exactly what is expected.
The schedule should include a concept briefing to commanders and staff; a technical control
meeting with platoon leaders, platoon sergeants and switch supervisors; a backbrief to the
brigade/battalion S3; and a final OPORD briefing to commanders, staff, and node center leaders.
Mandatory key points when publishing MSE plans or annexes are the edition of data base tapes;
COMSEC key distribution; umber of RAU/MSRT distribution plans and designation of active
plan; location, distribution, loading and priorities for PALs; gateway area codes; priority of RAU
coverage; and SCC locations.
(8) Site reconnaissance. After the team knows where it will deploy, it conducts a site
reconnaissance. The site selection and layout are critical to the network success. As a minimum,
and node switch/node management facility locations. The LOS radios have first priority of
siting, the local RAU has second priority, and the node switch/NMF has last priority. Detailed
considerations for determining site selection and measures to be taken at site locations are
described in Appendix C.
b. Installing the backbone network phase. Establishing and sustaining the backbone
network (node center to node center) is the most critical element of MSE operations. From the
backbone links, all other links are interconnected and integrated into the system.
c. Installing the extension links phase. After installing the backbone network, the
extension links are installed by priority from each node center. The local and remote RAUs
supporting mobile subscribers are installed first at each node center. The LEN and SEN links
supporting units and CPs are then established to provide service for static wire subscribers.
d. The operational management phase begins after establishing the network.
Operational management is maintaining an effective network that best serves the subscriber. The
SCC becomes the focal point for managing the network. Information and reports flow between
all reporting agencies and the SCC. The SCC must be aware of all changes that affect the
network. The SCC issues orders to all NMFs and receives reports from the NMFs. Team and
are provided to the SCC by the NMF. The SCC controls the movement of all LENS and SENS.
Upon notification of planned displacement, the SCC sends instructions to the LEN or SEN on
which node center to affiliate upon relocation at the new site. If a node center is destroyed or
becomes inoperable, the SCC directs the rerouting and engineering of the system so subscribers
can regain access to the MSE network. To ensure a successful network, the SCC must have
control over five major areas (COMSEC, subscribers, frequencies, switches, and teams and