Revitalizing Intelligence Training
What is it?
The Army is transforming intelligence training from a focus on centralized, single discipline processes and procedures to more broadly distributed collection, exploitation, and analysis techniques that generate “actionable intelligence” at all levels across the force. This has driven major change in how we synchronize development, fielding, and training on advanced intelligence systems with ongoing wartime operations and Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) development cycles. Intelligence training must enable our Soldiers to “maintain contact with the enemy” during pre/post deployment training - - to include leveraging DCGS-A “flat network” capabilities to provide tactical overwatch support for committed units they will later replace in battle.
What has the Army done?
Intelligence training has been significantly changed at basic, intermediate, and advanced skill levels to accomplish these key changes. The Army Intelligence Center (USAIC) at Fort Huachuca now runs a Joint Intelligence Combat Training Center (JICTC) to prepare junior MI Soldiers, NCOs, and Officers to operate on the modern battlefield by training them to perform fusion analysis with DCGS-A “flat network” database access and advanced software tools. USAIC established the HUMINT Training Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE) in 2007 to significantly expand the scope and tactical relevance of Interrogation and Source Operations skills training.
The Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) created Project FOUNDRY in 2006 to provide BCT and Division Commanders with “single hub” access to advanced skills training, certifications, and live environment training opportunities weighted towards “next deploying” units. FOUNDRY is specifically designed to improve MI wartime readiness across all intelligence disciplines and Army Components, and enables “reach-forward” opportunities to gain contact with the enemy before deployment from home station. INSCOM and USAIC have partnered with TRADOC to integrate DCGS-A and other advanced skills training capabilities into our Combat Training Centers (CTC) to enable deploying units to work against realistic battlefield complexity, reinforce combat lessons learned, and integrate emerging technologies into unit tactics, techniques and procedures. FOUNDRY provides both funding and coordination needed to fully leverage Joint and National Intelligence training opportunities to meet ARFORGEN deployment demands. INSCOM is building several FOUNDRY training platforms at major installations to facilitate database access, virtual training programs, and tactical overwatch support. Non-MI Soldiers and units can also increase their tactical readiness by utilizing the FOUNDRY Program.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
USAIC is expanding the capacity of its JICTC, HT-JCOE, and Cultural Training Center platforms at Fort Huachuca. USAIC has also partnered with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) to establish a Foreign Language Training Detachment at Fort Huachuca in 2008 to better integrate Arabic language into Human Intelligence course work and take advantage of Cultural Training Center synergies. INSCOM will establish eleven FOUNDRY training sites at major installations by 2009 to facilitate expanded training access. The FOUNDRY Program will continue to develop an intelligence training culture that empowers our Soldiers to operate in complex environments.
Why is this important to the Army?
Holistically adapting how we train will enhance capabilities to generate “actionable intelligence” at the lowest possible level. Ongoing MI training initiatives will empower our Soldiers to fight and win in complex environments and provide actionable intelligence at all tactical levels across the full spectrum of operations.