Because EEI impact upon command decisions, the establishment, modifications, or cancellation of EEI
must have the commander's approval. Although EEI have a special relationship to the needs of the
commander, they may originate from the NBCC or intelligence staff in the form of recommendations.
These are coordinated and presented by the intelligence officer for command approval.
EEI. For example, a SOP may require all units to report immediately "known or suspected targets
suitable for nuclear attack or indications of their existence or development."
The nature and number of EEI will vary with the type and phase of an operation and the extent and
accuracy of the available information and intelligence. For example, in the planning phase of an
airborne operation, there might be two EEI:
(1) What drop or landing zones existing in the objective area require special attention?
(2) What are the enemy's air defense dispositions requiring special attention?
During the execution phase of the operation, the EEI might be reduced to one, which would be directed
toward the enemy's nuclear capability. It may be that limiting EEI to just those major enemy
capabilities, attack, defend, reinforce, withdraw, which can impact on friendly mission accomplishment
is best. This focuses the commander's attention on the enemy courses of action which are of most
concern. Normally, there are no more than two EEI.
If an opponent does not use NBC weapons against us at the onset of the war, the following questions
become EEI. Will Threat Forces use NBC weapons against us? If so, what weapons, when, where,
and by what delivery means?
2. Other Intelligence Requirements.
Other tasks are assigned concurrently with tasks to collect information to satisfy EEI. Collection
agencies are tasked to collect information or other capabilities, vulnerabilities, and characteristics of the
area of operations, which may affect the accomplishment of the mission. They may be able to collect
information needed for OIR concurrently with the information needed for EEI. Such information of the
enemy and of the area of operations, which is needed to aid in the interpretation of the results of the
collection effort, must be collected. OIR are derived from command requirements which do not qualify
as EEI and