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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – DIRECTORATE OF TARGETING AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS 23-04-2010-112800-003 For more info: http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/DTIO
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – DIRECTORATE OF TARGETING AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS 23-04-2010-112800-003 For more info: http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/DTIO

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From: Lt Col M A Cubbin MA AAC SO1 Policy Policy and Capability Targeting and Information Operations Room 056

Old War Office Building Whitehall London SW1A 2 EU Telephone: Fax: 020 7218 0169 020 7218 2403

14 May 2010 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – DIRECTORATE OF TARGETING AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS 23-04-2010-112800-003 Your correspondence on 9 Feb 2010 has been considered to be a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This request was passed to me on 23 April 2010 and I understand that you have already received a response from Caroline Thompson on 22 April 2010 apologising for the delay to addressing your request due to staffing problems within the department that receives Freedom of Information requests. You requested the following information: “Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please provide me with the following information about the Directorate of Targetting and Information Operations (or simply "Targetting and Information Operations"): - A diagram or description of the organisational structure and it's place in the wider MOD command structure - Information on the number, and job descriptions of, people who work in the DTIO - Any annual reports (or other publications since 2005) detailing the work of the DTIO If this request exceeds the cost limit please work through the requests in the order presented above untill the limit is reached.” The Directorate of Targeting and Information Operations is now known as Targeting and Information Operations. The branch is a sub-division of the Security Policy and Operations (Sec Pol and Ops) part of the MoD. The following 3 diagrams explain TIO’s organisation, where it sits within Sec Pol and Ops and where Sec Pol and Ops sits within the wider MoD command structure:


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TIO is commanded by an Air Commodore and has a total of 24 military and 10 civil servant staff, of whom three are administrative staff who provide clerical and administrative support to TIO. Targeting Branch. The Targeting branch is responsible for policy advice on conventional and strategic targeting, Rules of Engagement (ROE) and Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE). The Branch produces Targeting Directives, staffs ROE profiles in support of operations and is also responsible for co-ordinating the MOD Targeting Board. The standard job description for the staff in this branch is: Provide targeting advice and staff support to senior MOD staff and Ministers and to be responsible for the policy, planning and implementation of the MOD’s joint kinetic targeting and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) process. Info Ops Branch. The Information Operations (IO) branch is the MOD lead for the development of pan-governmental Information Strategies and provides policy advice and IO input to the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Directives to the Permanent Joint Headquarters. It also conducts strategic information operations and provides IO consultancy support to operational theatres. The staff have specific operational or regional responsibilities and the standard job description for the staff in this branch is: Provide strategic direction for Information Operations (defined as all influence activity, including PsyOps) for Operations and other military activity in or associated with specific theatre of operations. Policy and Capability. The Policy and Capability branch coordinates all aspects of concepts and policy for the Division. As lead user, it is responsible for coordinating capability development and training for Targeting and Information Operations. The standard job descriptions for staff in this branch are defined by the role of the member of staff (ie policy, capability development or training): Policy - Directorate lead for staffing and implementing Info Ops and Influence Activity concepts, policy and doctrine.


Capability Development - Staff Info Ops “concepts to capabilities”, leading on applied concepts & doctrine, capability development as ‘Lead User’. Training - Development and delivery of Info Ops training. There are no annual reports which detail the work of DTIO/TIO. If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact me in the first instance. If informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review by contacting the Head of Corporate Information, 6th Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-IR@mod.uk). Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an end. If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website, http://www.ico.gov.uk.


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