routing over alternate systems, and enhances reliability of the communication media consistent with demands
envisioned for newer data systems. Instructions in this signal annex pertaining to these systems should include
the doctrinal procedures that apply to all elements of the command.
t. Intelligence. The signal officer, together with the EW officer, should assist the G2 in preparing those
portions of the command SOP that pertain to SIGINT. Information provided by the signal officer includes
instructions on the types of documents and equipment to be processed through signal technical intelligence
channels, methods for reporting the capture of such documents and equipment, and the provisions for security of
signal communications installations. The signal officer also provides information pertaining to enemy signal
operations required to assist in preparing the communications and EW plans.
u. Communications for coordinating agencies. The communications required by the various coordinating
agencies is a major portion of the special communications that has to be established within the command. The
requirements of each agency are reevaluated and necessary facilities provided. Coordinating agencies include
those responsible for coordination and control of fire and maneuver, regulation and control of air space over the
combat zone, control of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum, combat service support, rear area security, and
area damage control.
v. Miscellaneous. This includes information on the signal officer's location, selection of command posts,
instructions for preparing the SOI and SOP, and instructions on signal planning for future operations.
5. Summary. In this lesson, you have learned about signal support staff planning.
a. The staff estimate is a five-paragraph document that contains an analysis of the situation, courses of
action, and recommendations. The estimate may be prepared mentally, orally, or in writing.
b. The signal annex deals with the specific aspects of communications support. The five paragraphs of the
signal annex address the situation, the mission, the execution, service support, and command and signal. The
signal annex may cover some subjects found in the unit SOP, but it should not merely be a restatement of these