By Ms. Rita C McIntosh (INSCOM)December 16, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Dec. 16, 2015) -- For two consecutive years, the National Ground Intelligence Center has been charged with producing the U.S. Army's Program of Analysis, providing analytic elements with a roadmap to guide them in producing assessments.
The FY16 Army Intelligence Program of Analysis is the second iteration of an intense planning process designed to coordinate the effective work being done across the intelligence community, said Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff.
Legere directed the NGIC, the Army's service intelligence center and the Intelligence Community's lead for all-source ground forces production, to continue as the Army lead for the POA process. NGIC plays a key federation management role between U.S. Army forces and the national intelligence community. With the help of other service intelligence centers and as a federated partner of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Army Intelligence Enterprise will continue to produce and provide ground force and Science and Technology intelligence products and services for U.S. Army customers and in support of the wider Department of Defense mission.
The POA directly supports the Army -- it synchronizes and integrates the Army intelligence enterprise, furthers transparent support to the warfighter in current and future operations, and aids in the planning efforts of Army organizations and support to Army/DoD acquisition, said Col. Ketti C. Davison, NGIC Commander.
"This Program of Analysis will allow analysts to tailor all-source intelligence production to meet the needs of our Soldiers in the field," Davison said. "The POA serves as a road map guiding the analysts in developing concise assessments that meet Army demands while remaining within DoD and IC requirements."
As the Army G2's executor for the POA, NGIC reached across the Army Intelligence Enterprise, the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, the broader Intelligence Community, and to allied partners in order to build a holistic process for foundational intelligence production, Davison said.
"The FY 16 POA represents a significant step forward in the Army's continued commitment to employing federated analysis and production efforts against the Army's highest intelligence priorities," Davison said. "This approach will enable transparency and facilitate collaboration."
A catalyst for innovation the POA enhances the analysis process by providing specific key intelligence questions to be answered said Ralph Edwards, Director of the Office of Intelligence Integration.
"The intelligence produced as a result of the POA will give our armed forces specific answers to some of their most important questions," Edwards said. "It gives our Soldiers an advantage by focusing the work of an entire community of effort against the needs of the Army, regionally aligned forces, global reaction forces, and the materiel acquisition community."
NGIC's annual POA highlights key intelligence questions that will drive foundational production and resource alignment in the coming year, said Traci Griggs, NGIC Chief, Middle East Division.
"Since the POA is a living document, it affords the opportunity for ongoing planning, tracking and evaluating analysis to support the management of the analysis and ensure alignment with military and national intelligence priorities," Griggs said. "The POA allows the analysts to hone in on key themes and topics to focus their research and analytical outputs so we will have a deep and rich body of work to allow for greater understanding of complex problems."
The emphasis is on producing cross-cutting assessments collaboratively within the DoD and the IC for a comprehensive, holistic approach to intelligence, Griggs said.
"Being able to reference the POAs of our sister agencies allows us to identify opportunities for joint production," Griggs said. "The end result enables us to recognize those areas where NGIC is able to bring its general military intelligence (GMI) and scientific and technical intelligence (S&TI) expertise to complement IC analytical efforts and build comprehensive, relevant products for our customers."
The U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center, a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Intelligence Security Command, provides All Source and Geospatial Intelligence on foreign ground force capabilities and related military technologies while integrating with Mission Partners to ensure the U.S. Army, DoD, Joint, and National level decision makers maintain decision advantage to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad.