EVERY SOLDIER IS A SENSOR (ES2)

Tuesday July 26, 2005

The individual Soldier is the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today's Army.

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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NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army more sensitive to boot camp abuse due to low recruitment (NYT | EB)
  • Army plans to train more snipers (SS)
  • Joint Romanian camp model of future Army training (SS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Sunnis to return to constitution talks (LAT | EB)
  • U.S. becoming involved in Iraqis' charter drafting (NYT | EB)
  • Political success having little impact on violence (SDUT | EB)
  • U.S. must maintain will in terror war, Myers says (AFIS)
  • Commander's Emergency Relief Program pumps another $161 million into Iraqi life (GDR)
  • 12 dozen win citizenship at Camp Victory, Iraq (AFIS)
  • Taliban weakened but not gone in Afghanistan (USAT/EB)
  • Heavy fighting in Afghanistan kills U.S., Afghan Soldiers (AFIS)
  • Operation Surri Sweep in Afghanistan successful (SS)

OF INTEREST

  • Myers call on Americans to enlist, calling defense of U.S. 'noble work' (USAT/EB)
  • QDR will reflect tomorrow's, not today's, challenges (AFIS)
  • QDR must counter wider war threat than Iraq and Afghanistan (DT/EB)
  • Anxiety increases as start of National Security Personnel System draws closer (WP | EB)
  • States clash with Feds over Guard bases (CSM | EB)
  • Senator seeks new committee to investigate Guantanamo (PI | EB)
  • "Reconsidering Gitmo" -- Opinion (NRO/EB)
  • Controversy plagues military tribunals (CSM | EB)
  • Six-nation talks begin, N. Korea vows to work toward denuclearization (LAT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld to focus on U.S. bases during trip to central Asia (WP | EB)
  • U.S. begins push to eliminate terrorism in Africa (WP | EB)
  • U.S. to support Egypt as it confronts terror (AFIS)

WORLD VIEW

  • As talks with N. Korea begin, China urges nations to be flexible (China Daily | story)
  • Opening statements will reveal nations' positions at nuclear talks (Korea Herald | story)
  • Kyrgyzstan assures U.S. of keeping military base (Aljazeera | story)
  • Israel considers speeding up Gaza withdrawal timetable (Jordan Times | story)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

In fighting in the asymmetric threat, the threat is all around us. That requires us to go from what predominantly would have been Signal's intelligence, imagery intelligence systems to human intelligence. The most prolific sensor in that regard is every Soldier we have on the battlefield. (Source)

Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander
Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Intelligence

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