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Intelligence Transformation

What is it?
The Army continues to transform military intelligence (MI) 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 a major change in how we synchronize the development, fielding, and training on advanced intelligence systems with our ongoing wartime operations and the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process cycles. The Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) FOUNDRY program continues to expand and provide Brigade Combat Team and division commanders with a single hub access to intelligence-related advanced skills training, special certifications, live environment training opportunities and technical classroom instruction—all weighted towards the next deploying units. Transformed intelligence training enables our Soldiers to maintain contact with the enemy during pre/post deployment training periods and enables units to provide tactical over-watch support for deployed units they will later replace in battle.

What has the Army done?
Intelligence training has significantly changed at the basic, intermediate, and advanced skill levels to accomplish these transformational objectives. The Army Intelligence Center (USAIC) at Fort Huachuca, AZ now operates the Joint Intelligence Combat Training Center (JICTC) to prepare personnel of all Services and our MI Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers to operate on the modern battlefield by training them to perform fusion analysis with the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) flat network database access and advanced software tools. The USAIC established the Human Intelligence 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 FOUNDRY program is specifically designed to enhance MI operational readiness across all intelligence disciplines and Army Components. The program enables reach-forward opportunities to maintain contact with the enemy from home station before and after deployment. The INSCOM and USAIC have partnered with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to integrate DCGS-A and other advanced skills training capabilities into our combat training centers to enable deploying units to work with realistic battlefield complexity, reinforce combat lessons learned, and integrate emerging deployed technologies into unit tactics, techniques, and procedures prior to deployment. FOUNDRY provides the resources and coordination needed to fully leverage Joint and national intelligence training opportunities to meet the ARFORGEN deployment demands. The INSCOM continues to build FOUNDRY training platforms at major installations to facilitate database access, virtual training programs, and tactical over-watch support. These training platforms will facilitate the replication of realistic multi-disciplined intelligence training environments and maintenance of advanced systems. Non-MI Soldiers and units can also increase their tactical readiness by utilizing this program.

In FY09, the Army introduced an online tool to simplify the scheduling of intelligence related courses throughout the Army, sister-services, combatant commands, intelligence community, and civilian training providers. The intelligence scheduling tool for ARFORGEN training,, reduces the complexity and increases the transparency of locating, scheduling, and competing for these high demand training courses—all weighted to our next deploying units in the ARFORGEN cycle.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The USAIC is expanding the capacity of its JICTC, HT-JCOE, and Cultural Training Center platforms at Fort Huachuca. The 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. The DLIFLC conducted the first 41 week Arabic course from February to November 2008. It was followed by a four-week immersion experience in Egypt, that ran from November to December 2008. By the end of 2009, INSCOM will have 15 operational FOUNDRY training sites at major Army installations to facilitate expanded training access. This 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 across the force. Ongoing MI training initiatives will empower all of our Soldiers to have the advantage of modern advanced skills training necessary to fight and win in complex environments while conducting full spectrum operations.

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