HUMAN INTELLIGENCE REVITALIZATION

Thursday August 11, 2005

Army intelligence is undergoing a major transformation to address emerging, nontraditional threats. While the Army remains engaged against nontraditional adversaries who cannot match its combat power, these adversaries are able to engage the Army using unsophisticated, yet effective, human-based techniques. As such, Cold War paradigms developed for operations conducted during peace and war do not adequately address the current and future complex environments.

The counterintelligence force is transforming into a full-spectrum Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection system, strengthened by an intrinsic understanding of culturally complex environments. This understanding enables the HUMINT system to support friendly force operations more effectively without inadvertently strengthening adversaries' position. HUMINT collection is a decisive force-multiplier because it provides valuable insight into the conduct and intentions of enemy operations.

The HUMINT Collection Operator is equipped with the skill sets and technical capabilities required to operate in today's and tomorrow's hostile environment. He/she will engage in the full range of HUMINT operations, including:
- conducting human source operations (low-level source operations through CI/force protection);
- interrogating noncooperative sources;
- debriefing cooperative sources;
- exploiting documents, hardware, and other media.

HUMINT collection system is employing new technologies such as the Biometric Automated Toolset (BAT), which helps track and identify adversaries, and the personal digital assistant (PDA), which allows Soldiers to be constantly connected to the Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC).

HUMINT collectors and their information products are being integrated into a horizontally and vertically assimilated system so information can be exploited by all operational levels.

Source: AUSA Torchbearer, June 2005

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

Bearing Repair Facility
The Corpus Christi Army Depot in Corpus Christi, Texas is home to one of three bearing repair facilities in the nation. A team of 24 highly skilled Army civilian specialists rebuild and refurbish bearings for military helicopter gear boxes, transmissions and engines. Army, Navy and Marine Corps helicopters are shipped to this facility every day for repair and are typically fixed and shipped out again within one to three days. For more information about Corps Christi Army Depot and their services, visit www.ccad.army.mil.

Source: Army Materiel Command

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Active Army reaches July recruiting goal (WT | EB)
  • July recruiting, retention figures reflect continued success (AFIS)
  • Operation Blue to Green program offers option for sailors, airmen (TRADOC)
  • Guard, Reserve troops face money concerns (CSM | EB)
  • Army families host Japanese orphans (ARNEWS)
  • Army awards 'Warrior' long-range UAV contract (ARNEWS)
  • Information Assurance Awards recognize top professionals (ARNEWS)
  • Jones assumes command of TRADOC (TRADOC)
  • General relieved of command over adultery inquiry (NYT | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Afghanistan clashes leave six enemy dead, three Americans wounded (AFIS)
  • Afghans working hard to get ballots out (LAT | EB)
  • Early withdrawal of troops from Iraq unlikely (WP | EB)
  • Political disputes on the rise in Iraq (LAT | EB)
  • Iraqi official kidnapped in Baghdad (PI | EB)
  • Iraqis frustrated over lack of basic services (CSM | EB)
  • "Americans get mixed signals on future of war in Iraq (MH | EB)
  • Aeromedical evacuation improvements saving lives (AFIS)

OF INTEREST

  • March and concert to remember 9/11 (WT | EB)
  • Companies reaching out to hire disabled veterans (USAT | EB)
  • States oppose overhaul of Air Guard bases (NYT | EB)
  • States, Pentagon clash over control of Guard bases (CT | EB)
  • DoD launches deployment health, family readiness library (AFIS)
  • Pentagon marks renovation milestone as Navy corridor reopens (AFIS)
  • Annan tries to end impasse as Iran restarts nuclear work (WT | EB)
  • Pakistan test-fires cruise missile (LAT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

August 11, 2005
Ghosts of Bataan, Discovery Channel, 9:00 p.m. (More)

August 12, 2005
Size It Up: Artillery, Military Channel, 8:00 p.m. (More)

Desert Wargames, Military Channel, 10:00 p.m. (More)

August 14, 2005
Band of Brothers: Currahee, History Channel, 8:00 p.m (More)

Raid at Cabanatuan, Military Channel, 9:00 p.m. (More)

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