Always Out Front.
In 1977, 10 years before the development of the Military Intelligence (MI) Corps, the Army established the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). The need for INSCOM came during a time when numerous conflicts arose throughout the world: the Cambodian Campaign, the Vietnam War, and the Lebanese Civil War, along with Hutu genocides in Burundi and the Moro Rebellion of the Philippines. With a multitude of conflicts occurring within most every region of the world, the Army established INSCOM to integrate all intelligence disciplines under one command to meet the increasing demands for intelligence.
As the Army continues to change, so does Army intelligence and INSCOM. The Army G-2 recently created the Army Intelligence Plan to ensure intelligence readiness and modernization issues are synchronized and energized. Driven by recommendations from the Bottom Up Review and various other intelligence studies and strategies, this plan requires INSCOM and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) to collaborate; ensuring the G-2's concept of "One Vision, One Vector, One Voice" is achieved. The plan calls for cooperation and communication between INSCOM, USAICoE, and the G-2 staff.
The Army Intelligence Plan is separated into near-, mid-and far-term objectives culminating with an end state that delivers an Army intelligence team capable of supporting organizations at the tactical and operational levels regardless of the threat or operational environment. Near-term objectives focus on enhancing the capabilities and capacity at the brigade combat team, division, and corps echelons with the existing systems and force structure that are available today. Mid-term objectives concentrate on identifying capability gaps to optimize current sensors, while far-term objectives emphasize developing future sensors on upgraded platforms.
Since INSCOM is a critical component of all future intelligence operations, I decided to dedicate this quarter's MIPB to INSCOM. As you read this issue of MIPB, you will find perspectives from MG Ballard and his team who composed articles on the history, organizational design, and intricate relationships INSCOM has with the combatant commands. This issue of MIPB is a comprehensive guide to INSCOM and is a must-read for the Army's intelligence professionals seeking to understand and leverage national to tactical intelligence in support of tactical, operational, and strategic level operations. Take this opportunity to continue to learn about the many different aspects of our Ml Corps and the ways that Intelligence drives operations.
by Major General Robert P. Walters, Jr.
U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
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|Title Annotation:||U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence|
|Author:||Walters, Robert P.|
|Publication:||Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2018|
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