There's no substitute for what the boots on the ground can see. One of our challenges is to extract information from what they see and can collect. Every soldier is a sensor, and we need to capture that data as well. See article
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr.
Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
EVERY SOLDIER IS A SENSOR (ES2)
The individual Soldier is the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today's Army. Every Soldier is a Sensor, or ES2, is quickly changing the way Soldiers think and enhances a Soldier's situational awareness.
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) defines ES2 as:
- Soldiers trained to actively observe details related to Commanders' Critical Information Requirements (CCIR) in an area of operations and competent in reporting their experience, perception and judgment in a concise, accurate manner.
- Leaders who understand how to optimize the collection, processing and dissemination of information in their organization to enable the generation of timely intelligence.
ES2 comprises the following components:
a. Change in the mind-set and culture of both leaders and Soldiers.
b. A network that integrates the Soldier into the overall intelligence framework.
c. Rapid fielding of new tools to the Soldier level.
While technology will impact the future of the United States Army, its success will continue to be determined by its most important asset, weapon and sensor: the Soldier.
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ES2: Soldiers learn battlefield, situational awareness