What is it? Actionable Intelligence provides Commanders and Soldiers a high level of shared situational understanding, delivered with the speed, accuracy, and timeliness necessary to operate at their highest potential and conduct successful operations.
- Change the Culture - Instill an Army-wide culture that intelligence is operations and the mindset that Every Soldier is a Sensor (ES2). Develop intelligence with a Campaign, Joint and Expeditionary mindset operating across all echelons, capable of directing the full spectrum "Fight for Knowledge" using any asset to support the commander at the point of decision.
- Improve Tactical Intelligence - Design a modular tactical intelligence force that is born Joint - capable of independent action, empowered by the global information grid that can be quickly tailored and aligned to support any situation.
- Create the Framework - Within the Joint Network Node (JNN) and the Worldwide Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), create an intelligence framework linking analytic centers, databases, and sensors all focused on supporting leaders and Soldiers to provide the best possible understanding of the battlefield.
- Transform Intelligence Training - Embed the philosophy of actionable intelligence throughout the Army and reshape training, emphasizing actionable intelligence and stressing that intelligence is operations from peacetime engagement to stability and support operations.
- Transform Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence - Develop a full spectrum intelligence force that provides a human intelligence and counterintelligence capability in tactical units. This force must be capable of providing relevant reporting in a synchronized network centric environment that links with other collectors on the battlespace. It must be able to conduct intelligence operations to protect the force and shape the environment across all phases of war.
- Rapid Technology Prototyping - Employ technology insertion and spiral development to get today's technology into the field faster.
What has the Army done? The Army has invested in structuring and equipping its intelligence force based on critical feedback from field experiences in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Army's Modular Force structure is focused on providing "Actionable Intelligence" to the Soldier through enhanced capabilities, reinforced at successive echelons, and enabled by the network, empowering Brigade Combat Teams with better Operations and Intelligence fusion.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Army will continue to learn from its operational experience and improve the implementation of the eight Critical Intelligence Initiatives within this focus area.
Why is this important to the Army? The single greatest force enabler is Dominant Battlespace Understanding-the understanding projected to the commander by Army Intelligence. The Modular MI Force, when resourced and documented at full Objective Table of Organization and Equipment, offers comprehensive, responsive Intelligence support that is totally integrated and fully tailorable to mission requirements.
Actionable Intelligence: Transforming the Force
What is it? Army Intelligence Transformation seeks to adapt our capabilities, doctrine and training to provide commanders the "knowledge superiority" they need to successfully accomplish their mission.
What has the Army done?The Military Intelligence (MI) force, as a result of transformation, has increased the capability of and has grown the tactical and operational echelons to facilitate the Operations/Intelligence integration. The Brigade Combat Team (BCT) has gained additional intelligence staff and skills; an organic MI company with a robust processing, analytic, and collection capability; and enhanced Sensitive Compartmented Information sensor and communications links. In the Division, the Intelligence staff now includes an organic Analysis and Control Element (ACE) as well as the network connectivity and sensor links, to improve support to Brigade Combat Teams. The new MI Battalion provides general support, multi-disciplined intelligence collection capabilities to committed two- and three-star headquarters. The Theater Intelligence Brigade provides regionally focused multi-discipline intelligence collection, processing and analysis and cultural awareness. The Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC) is an organizational response to the lessons of Abu Ghraib Prison. The Army component of the JIDC, the MI Battalion (Interrogation), will train as a cohesive organization with a clearly defined command and control structure. Lastly, the Joint Intelligence Operations Center - Iraq represents the expansion of the analytical, data mining, and visualization tools resident in the Information Dominance Center (IDC) based at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Headquarters. This analytical capability is being provided to the Multi-National Force - Iraq by INSCOM in order to provide the theater with an advanced collaborative analytical enterprise solution.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army plans to further refine and develop the Modular Force enabling units. The Modular Force places the division and corps commander's collection capability in the MI Battalion within the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB). This MI Battalion allows the division (or Corps) commander to reinforce any BCT MI Company’s capabilities, to shape and weight the battlefield, and to cover the "white space" in the Division (or Corps) Area of Operations. Efforts continue to push secure communications and connectivity down to the warfighter through the Joint Network Node.
Why is this important to the Army? Army Intelligence as a part of the Modular Force is a crucial enabler in the Global War on Terrorism. The Modular MI Force, when fully resourced, offers comprehensive, responsive intelligence support that is totally integrated and fully tailorable to any mission requirement.
Actionable Intelligence: The Eight Critical Initiatives
What is it? As part of the Chief of Staff, Army Focus Area; Actionable Intelligence, there are eight critical initiatives that implement the basis for Army's Intelligence transformation. This focus area has closed as a focus area, but the Army G2 Staff has transitioned these initiatives from the planning to the execution phase.
What has the Army done?
- Joint Intelligence Operations Capability-Iraq (JIOC-I) / Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A): Creates a Joint, flat, web-based intelligence architecture, allowing Soldiers and Commanders to access, search and visualize intelligence across all classification levels. The JIOC-I is a technical prototype deployed to Iraq, demonstrating how the power of the network can facilitate the integration of intelligence with operations, down to the individual infantryman. It ingests databases and sensor information from as many sources as possible, connecting analysts and operators to the network. It also provides the analytic tools necessary for complex environments. The technology used in the JIOC-I prototype provides a glimpse of the powerful capabilities envisioned for the DCGS-A that will support additional programs such as Future Combat Systems (FCS). DCGS-A provides a single intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) ground system with access to ISR collection systems and data; synchronizes ISR collection, exploitation, processing, and distribution; and operates in the battle command network with multiple levels of security. It provides Warfighters the tools to: synchronize fires and effects, achieve situational understanding, and protect the force.
- Modular MI: Increases intelligence Soldiers across all components (AC/RC/NG), focusing this growth in HUMINT and analysts at the BCT and Battalion. Army Intelligence growth under the Modular Design offers comprehensive, responsive intelligence support that was designed based upon lessons learned in OEF/OIF and with a keen focus on what type (MOS) and number of MI Soldiers and capabilities (systems/platforms) are needed in the increasingly complex battlefields of the future.
- Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Revitalization: Increases Tactical HUMINT Team capabilities in growth, technologies, and training for tactical forces threefold. This significant increase has added Human Intelligence Collectors, embedded Counterintelligence Coordination Activity, and HUMINT Operations Cell capability at the BCT and division.
- Every Soldier is a Sensor (ES2): Inculcates Soldiers and leaders to see intelligence development as everyone's responsibility in order to gain and maintain greater situational understanding. Soldiers are trained to actively observe and report their experience, perception, and judgments in a concise, accurate manner while conducting operations, while leaders optimize the collection, processing, and dissemination of information in their organization to enable the generation of timely intelligence.
- Project Foundry: Institutes an operational readiness and training program to enhance tactical intelligence capabilities and provide regional expertise and technical training for the tactical MI force. Foundry aligns selected Military Intelligence (MI) Collection Teams with U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Theater Intelligence Brigades to train and sustain core MI collector skills, via the execution of real-world live environment missions and training relevant to the Contemporary Operating Environment. MI Soldiers will establish and maintain contact with potential adversaries and greatly improve cultural understanding and foreign language sustainment.
- Tactical Overwatch: Establishes teams to maintain a focused intelligence effort that provides situational awareness, fusion analysis, targeting, cueing and early warning support to operationally engaged tactical forces, as they move - a time when their intelligence assets are unavailable, thus providing a significant intelligence multiplier. Tactical Overwatch elements have provided intelligence products spanning the intelligence support spectrum to divisions in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
- Red Teaming: Provides commanders an independent capability to explore alternatives in the operational environment, considering the perspective of our adversaries and partners; anticipating change; reducing uncertainty, and improving decisions, plans and operations. The University of Foreign Military Cultural Studies graduated its first class in May 2006 with graduates assigned across the force down to the Brigade Combat Team (BCT).
- InformationDominanceCenter (IDC)/Rapid Technology Prototyping (RTP): Army INSCOM’s IT center, partnering with academia and the private sector, integrates cutting edge technology to solve the toughest intelligence problems, technical or human. Rapid Technology Prototyping (RTP) is a key capability embedded within the IDC. The concept is to rapidly get today’s “best of breed” technological solutions to the field faster. As part of the RTP concept, a team of elite, world-class individuals from business, academia and government create technological or procedural solutions for the toughest intelligence problems (technical or human), test them and spiral them out to help Soldiers across the intelligence spectrum: tactical through national.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to integrate lessons learned and critical feedback from operational experiences in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with the implementation of the eight critical initiatives and Actionable Intelligence.
Why is this important to the Army?The single greatest force enabler is Dominant Battlespace Knowledge - the knowledge projected to the commander by Army Intelligence. The Modular MI Force, when resourced and documented at full Objective Table of Organization and Equipment (OTOE), offers comprehensive, responsive Intelligence support that is totally integrated and fully tailorable to all mission requirements.