Employment of signal deception to minimize the effectiveness of enemy intelligence
Special signal requirements that may arise during critical phases of the operation.
Requirements for signal supply and maintenance support.
(3) Paragraph 3 -Analysis of Opposing Courses of Action.
(a) The purpose of paragraph 3 of the estimate is to evaluate each course of action against those
difficulties that may have a significant influence upon the success of the signal support mission. Difficulties that
have equal effect on all courses of action, or have little or no effect on the choice of a course of action, are not
considered in this analysis.
(b) Each course of action must be carefully analyzed to assure that it meets the requirements to
ensure success of the signal support mission. Consider the following planning factors when analyzing various
courses of action:
Mission. How effectively does the course of action accomplish the mission? Does the course
of action provide timely support?
Enemy. What are the critical points of the course of action that may be affected by enemy
courses of action? What effect will the course of action have on enemy signal systems? Does
the course of action consider good SIGSEC practices to counteract enemy signal intelligence
Troops. Does the course of action provide for effective use of signal troops? Are supporting
troops capable of providing the required support? Does the course of action provide adequate
time to support the movement of signal personnel to required locations? Does the course of
action provide for a reserve capability to accomplish anticipated special requirements?
Area. Does the course of action make optimum use of the characteristics of the area of
operation? Does the course of action make optimum use of indigenous communications in
this area? Are critical terrain features adequately considered? Does the area lend itself to
meeting SIGSEC requirements?
Logistics. Are adequate supplies available to support the mission? Is adequate maintenance
provided to fulfill the critical requirements? Is adequate transportation available?