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FROM THE EDITOR.

The year 2001 marks the tenth anniversary of the Gulf War. In the last decade, the Army has reviewed lessons learned in a number of contingencies and realized the need for transformation. In this issue of the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, we examine the transformation from the top down, beginning with the transformation "vision," a three-axis approach (interim force, legacy force, and the scientific and technical axis) to achieving the Objective Force structure. We examine Army Intelligence, as well as the concepts and materiel aspects of the change, and finish with a look at transformation training and doctrine.

Our last issue introduced the transformation with four articles concerning one axis of this change, the interim units. Initiating the Interim Force is the creation of the first two initial brigade combat teams (IBCTs) at Fort Lewis, Washington, based on reorganizing the 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division (ID), and then 1st Bde, 25th ID (Light). These two brigades are the first two of up to eight Active and Reserve Component brigades that will transform within the Army. The IBCT is a fundamentally new Army organization that will serve as a building block for the Army's medium force able to fight in the operational environment of the near term.

Leading off this issue, Major General John D. Thomas, Jr., Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (USAIC&FH), discusses how transforming organizations, equipment, doctrine, and training results in the provision of improved intelligence as part of the combined arms team. Captain Bob Davidson follows with "The Vision--Transformation of Our Cold War-Era Force," outlining the vision of General Eric K. Shinseki (Army Chief of Staff) for our evolving Army and TRADOC's (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command) efforts to build and sustain the IBCTs and Objective Force. Lieutenant General Robert W. Noonan, Jr., Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (DCSINT), specifically addresses the transformation of Army Intelligence, and its goal to achieve situational dominance for Army decision-makers and combat commanders. In the article "Transforming the Army for the Next Century--The Future Is Here Today," Majors Raul Escribano and Philip Logan look at why and how the Arm y is transforming as an organization and institution to remain relevant in the new century.

Next, Mr. Michael Powell takes a hard-line look at requirements, challenges, and opportunities that MI systems face during the Army's transformation. Colonel Charles Atkins discusses the human dimension of transformation and relates how the IBCT reflects several major changes to our "thought patterns" toward support, integration, capabilities, and reach-back operations. COL Stephen Bond and CPT Gregory Young explain that the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), Common Ground Station (CGS), and Joint Services Workstation (JSWS) comprise a crucial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system for achieving information dominance and the "now battle" picture in the transformed Army.

Completing the features are four transformation-related training articles and an article presenting IBCT doctrine. Brigadier General Richard J. Quirk, III, shares his transformation training goals, and COL Gary Parrish expands on that training with his article outlining the USAIC&FH (specifically 112th MI Brigade (Provisional)) plan for training all MI soldiers to meet all the Objective Force requirements. MAJ Patrick Daniel follows with "Transition Training--IBCT-1 Cadre and Cohort," in which he discusses the challenges and lessons learned from the first IBCT's transition training. COL Jerry Jones (U.S. Army, Retired) supports MAJ Daniel's article with his detailed account of Kazar Fury, the capstone command post exercise (CPX) incorporated into IBCT-1 training. Finally, CPT Lee Goodman, Jr., uses discussion of current IBCT organization, operations, capabilities, and limitations to stimulate input for revision of the IBCT intelligence doctrine.
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