Table 2. Smoke generator operations planning guide.
Planning for smoke operations is a coordinated effort between the smoke asset and the supported unit.
Planning is an ongoing process. It ranges from deliberate plans that provide for support of future operation in a
48-to-72- hour window to hasty planning for a current operation. A rule of thumb for military planning is the
"one-third two-thirds" rule. At battalion level the commander and staff use no more than one third of the
available time to formulate, prepare, and issue the order, and leave two thirds of the available time for
commanders and leaders of subordinate units. This allows the reverse planning process to function.
Preparation or prior planning for combat support smoke operations includes other planning considerations
addressed at Table 3.
Preparation includes -
Training smoke unit and supported unit personnel (for example, training together, developing habitual
Establishment of standing operating procedures (SOP) that provide checklists for mission essential tasks.
Maintenance of equipment.
Establishment of prescribed load list and combat load list.