extract and analyze basic terrain, weather, and climate factors. Second, these factors should be
synthesized to predict their influence on site layout, installation of facilities, utilities, camouflage, and
the operation and maintenance of the FP module(s).
(b) A ground reconnaissance should be done to verify all information collected. It is also
needed to obtain data, which would not otherwise be available. A site that appears suitable based on
aerial mapping may not he suitable for use due to round conditions or water table.
(5) Political Considerations. Political factors, including national sentiment and visibility,
may also influence which sites are available for FP. In some cases, you may be denied use of an ideal
site. Consider the impact that FP and the presence of US soldiers will have on the community. When
engaged in SASO, consider whether the site appears to benefit a particular group or faction more than
(6) Logistical Support. The following resources will be required for sustained FP operations
and may be available through theater resources or through HNS:
(a) Electrical Power. The preferred source of electrical power for FP operations is
existing commercial power. However, the following information must be considered:
Voltage. Phase, and frequency of existing commercial power
Ability of the existing electrical utility to consistently meet the electrical power
demands of FP operations over the projected timeframe
Predicted reliability and stability of the power source (outages and voltage
Cost of power lines and step-down transformers. FP requires direct high voltage lines
from substations with step-down transformers. Simply tapping into low voltage
service lines will not provide adequate power.
NOTE: If commercial power is used to support FP operations, you should still plan for diesel-powered
generators to serve as backup or emergency power for critical subsystems.
(b) Fuel Resources. Consider where appropriate supplies of fuel may be obtained and the
convenience and appropriateness of receiving fuel from available alternatives. Supplies of JP8 and
MOGAS will need to meet Army fuel standards.