The Battlefield Surveillance Brigade

Wednesday December 3, 2008

What is it?

The Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB) conducts intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations to enable the division or corps commander to precisely focus joint combat power and simultaneously execute current operations while preparing for future operations. The brigade is composed of a headquarters, a military intelligence battalion, a reconnaissance and surveillance battalion, signal network support and logistics support companies. A variety of unique assets, such as a Long Range Reconnaissance Company, Reconnaissance Troop and HUMINT Company provide another tool to address the commander's priority intelligence requirements (PIR).

What has the Army done?

The initial design of the BFSB was outlined in the Operational and Organizational Concept for the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in 2007. Both active component and reserve component BFSBs have been approved for the Army, and brigades are already participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

At Fort Knox, KY., the Maneuver Center of Excellence's Maneuver Battle Lab conducted a Computer Assisted Map Exercise (CAMEX) from Oct. 20 to 24. The experiment, involving participation from both Active and Reserve Component BFSBs, as well as subject matter experts from various proponents, addressed the brigade's mission and capabilities. Initial insights from the experiment identified a wide variety of actions to be taken, as well as validating the need for further research to improve the Army's ability to exploit the BFSB's capabilities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Chief of Armor will present the initial insights developed during the October BFSB CAMEX at the Reconnaissance Summit held in November 2008 at Fort Knox. This venue is expected to provide refined guidance from a variety of senior leaders (to include the TRADOC Commander) that will drive the way ahead for the BFSB doctrine refinement as well as organizational and material actions. The Maneuver Center of Excellence will continue to develop the BFSB's concept throughout Fiscal Year 2009 culminating with the initial release of FM 3-55.1, The Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.


- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"


The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable



  • NCO gets Soldiers medal for rescue of Philippine students (ARNews)
  • U.S. Soldiers, swayed by bad economy, are re-enlisting (HC)
  • U.S. Army goes green (GBz)
  • Anthrax prompts Army research lab refreshers (WT)
  • Divorces rise among military couples (USA)
  • Fort Bliss officers gain first-hand cultural awareness in community (ARNews)


  • Related article under World: U.S. hopes to quiet Indian-Pakistani tensions (WP)
  • U.S. official: India attack may have Pakistani roots (WP)
  • Clock is ticking on Iraqi army (CT)
  • Gates: Military looking at quicker Iraq withdrawal (BG)


  • Judge stays Soldier's execution (AT)
  • Gates vows active role in staying on at Pentagon (NYT)
  • Jones urges broad Afghanistan approach (WSJ)
  • Military marches toward mental health (WT)
  • U.S. builds cases on dangerous detainees (USA)


  • Condoleezza Rice urges India-Pakistan cooperation in Mumbai attacks aftermath (TO | Story)
  • U.S. and India see link to militants in Pakistan (IHT | Story)
  • Military chief urges Afghanistan rethink (GRD | Story)
  • Guantanamo 'a stain on U.S. military' (BBC | Story)
  • NATO 'to resume ties with Russia' (BBC | Story)
  • U.S. should expect terrorist attack by 2013 (LDT | Story)


  • Al-Qaeda wants Pak to divert army to Indian border: Journo (FS)
  • Related articles under Sports: Time to get ready for Army vs Navy (SSTA)
  • Army puts Soldier's life in 'check' (SP)
  • 4,000 electric vehicles to be leased by U.S. Army (TH)


Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Army-Navy game will stay grounded

Army football notes: The Navy game

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.


"Clearly, one of the most positive changes I have seen since my last deployment is the quality of life for our Soldiers ... trying to describe to a young Soldier what it is like to live on a cot for six months is like trying to describe the days without the Internet: unimaginable."

- 1st Sgt. Albert Rodriguez, first sergeant for the Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment

First sergeant cites difference U.S. Soldiers make


STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.