Human Intelligence Revitalization

Monday November 21, 2005

Army intelligence is undergoing a transformation to address emerging nontraditional threats. The Army is engaged against nontraditional adversaries who cannot match its combat power, but who are able to effectively engage our forces using unsophisticated 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 Army HUMINT force, previously focused primarily upon interrogation operations, 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 (Military Source Operations (MSO));
- interrogating noncooperative sources;
- debriefing cooperative sources;
- exploiting documents, hardware, and other media.

The 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:Institute of Land Warfare
AUSA Torchbearer, June 2005


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  • Army, NASCAR initiative steers youth toward success (ARNEWS)
  • Medical mission visits Gardez orphanage (DA)
  • 8th Army Band's salsa combo gets people dancing in the aisles (SS)
  • Soldier Show seeks performers, technicians (ARNEWS)


  • New Iraqi army is much like the old one (MSNBC)
  • Rumsfeld says debate during wartime is part of democratic process (WT | EB)
  • Political debate continues over Iraq timeline (NPR)
  • U.S. says unlikely al-Zarqawi among the dead in firefight (USAT)
  • Bush acknowledges Mongolia's support of Iraq war (CNN)
  • Rumsfeld says U.S. must stay the course (USAT | EB)
  • Pentagon worries about wounded morale (WT | EB)
  • Poll shows US public support dropped faster than previous wars (CSM | EB)


  • U.S and the problems with patrolling our borders (USN)
  • CIA Director Porter Goss discusses U.S. policy (MSNBC)
  • Opinion:'Why this unpopular war has no tipping point' (CSM)
  • Debate over the call for withdrawal of troops (PBS)
  • **Commentary: '**A Soldier's Story' (FN)
  • Why Iraqis tend to segregate themselves according to sect (NPR)
  • The family of al-Zarqawi disown him (YN)
  • Opinion: 'Slaughter of Sunni foes is inevitable' (Newsday)




38-10 victory over Arkansas State

See article: Army Pushes Winning Streak To Four Games

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All the soldiers, I always talk to them about being our nation's next greatest generation, and they really are. They're doing a magnificent job out there in the global war on terror, and they represent Americans very well every day. They make us proud every day.

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the United States Army


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