Wednesday November 2, 2005

The individual Soldier is the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today's Army. Every Soldier is a Sensor, or ES2, is quickly changing the way Soldiers think and enhances a Soldier's situational awareness.

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.

Every Soldier is a Sensor Video

ES2: Soldiers learn battlefield, situational awareness


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  • Officials express confidence in new civilian Personnel System (AFIS)
  • Force generation requires four R's (ARNEWS)
  • Troops bring food, water to Baghdad neighborhood (DA)
  • Secretary Harvey says FCS is 'very acceptable' (Bloomberg/EB)
  • Soldier's remains to stay in Oklahhoma, judge rules (AT)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fend off scrutiny (WSJ/EB)
  • U.S. military resume earthquake relief flights (WP)


  • Democrats demand Intelligence Committee investigation (CNN)
  • Surge in IED attacks coincides with Iraqi political progress (AFIS)
  • Security tightened at U.S. military prison following escape (MSNBC)
  • Assailants fired at U.S. military helicopter in Pakistan (PI)
  • Interview: 'Failure Is Not an Option' (MSNBC/Newsweek)
  • Pentagon releases report showing efforts to combat IEDs (FN)
  • Civilian contractor death rates rise (MH)


  • U.S. visa lottery criticized as loophole for terrorists (WT)
  • Australia receives intelligence indicating terror attack (USAT)
  • Democrats demand answers about intelligence in Iraq war (NPR)
  • Number of homeless Vietnam veterans rising (AJC)
  • Report to Congress says problems exacerbated by lack cooperation (CSM)
  • Detentions of American citizens by immigration authorities becoming routine (PPG)
  • Army Corps of Engineers fail to provide documents to officials (NNS)


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There's no substitute for what the boots on the ground can see. One of our challenges is to extract information from what they see and can collect. Every soldier is a sensor, and we need to capture that data as well. See article

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr.
Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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