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Military Intelligence (MI) Capacity

What is it?
Army MI is increasing the number of its Soldiers, focusing on the growth of Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), and analytical capacity at the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and battalion levels across the force. Army MI growth under the new modular design provides more comprehensive, responsive intelligence support by leveraging advanced technologies and lessons learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army MI has tailored its growth with training readiness by restructuring the MI occupational specialties commensurate with new technological capabilities to ensure operational success in highly complex environments.

What has the Army done?
Army MI end-strength will increase by more than 7,000 Soldiers by 2013 to ensure that MI capacity at the BCT and battalion levels is fully resourced to successfully conduct the broad range of continuous intelligence collection and analytical tasks. This new modular MI structure addresses the personnel requirement by more than doubling the size of maneuver battalion S-2 (intelligence) sections and more than tripling the size of BCT S-2 sections. Concurrent expansion of BCT organic MI companies includes increased HUMINT, SIGINT, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and advanced analysis capabilities.

  • Collection Battalions. Combat experience has shown that even modular BCTs frequently require additional downward reinforcing intelligence support for sustained operations in complex operating environments. To accomplish this, the Army is forming eight Active Component and six Reserve Components MI collection battalions with military source operations, interrogation capabilities, advanced SIGINT, and multifunctional teams for maximum flexible response. These battalions form the core of the new, multi-functional battlefield surveillance brigades.
  • Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC) Battalions. To better support interrogation operations at the Joint task force level, the Army is forming three JIDC battalions-two Active and one Reserve Component. Each battalion provides robust, dedicated interrogation teams capable of training and operating closely with military police detention forces. These battalions serve as the core integrating organization capable of receiving additional Joint augmentation by other Services.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army has invested heavily in recruiting additional MI Soldiers and expanding the training through-put capacity at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in order to grow the MI force. The Army will continue to integrate lessons learned and evaluate requirements based on operational experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, and elsewhere into future force structure planning.

Why is this important to the Army?
Army MI personnel growth and training are both synchronized with the Army Campaign Plan to generate a larger, balanced, modular, and far more capable force. Increasing MI capacity and advanced skills readiness is vital to the continued intelligence support for missions in complex operating environments.

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