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In the last issue of MIPB, BG Sumpter discussed the solid foundation of what makes the Military Intelligence (MI) Corps great. Continuing operations around the world as a part of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) reinforce my assessment that our Corps is on the right track. Intelligence is critical and will be even more critical as the Army transforms. We must always keep that fact forefront in our minds. For this issue, I want to focus on the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (USAIC&FH) lessons learned effort, the importance of our MI skills to the warfighter, the emerging growth of our branch, and how the Intelligence Center is dealing with that growth.

In order to have an aggressive and synchronized means of focusing and adjusting the many functions we perform here at Fort Huachuca, we have created an aggressive lessons learned program. The program objectives include--

* Creating an effective mechanism to assign responsibilities for collection, analysis, and dissemination of observations and other critical lessons learned information.

* Providing lessons learned to commanders to help units train and prepare for operations.

* Identifying lessons learned issues and solution strategies to the Intelligence Center leadership for approval and implementation of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) actions.

To assist in this effort we have developed requirements to better focus the collection of observations from you. It is your observations that help us train the MI force, develop our doctrine, organize ourselves on the battlefield, and shape our future. I hope all of you will take a moment to reflect on the importance of your participation and make the extra effort to provide our lessons learned team your observations as appropriate.

While we are finding many issues to aggressively tackle with our lessons learned effort, all of our observations reinforce the fact that intelligence is absolutely crucial to the fight.

The skills we as MI professionals carry to the battlefield across full spectrum operations are critical. Often we overlook how much we actually know and how skilled we actually are. Warriors need us at their sides ready to understand their requirements, to work with the J3/G3/S3 and the rest of the staff to fight for intelligence, to conduct intelligence operations, and to provide the intelligence needed to successfully accomplish the mission.

One of the most fundamental truths coming from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is that intelligence warriors must deploy ready to operate in the environment, make the intelligence cycle work (by overcoming obstacles to effective intelligence operations), and provide what the commander needs when and how the commander needs it. Legal, ethical, and disciplined intelligence operations are synonymous with effective intelligence operations ... our fundamental doctrine works. Many of the tools are there, we just have to figure out how to adapt those tools to the many variable missions, threats, situations, and environments. The real challenge is in applying techniques to each complex and unique situation we encounter.

As a result of these operations, the Army has recognized the requirement for more and better intelligence capabilities in the form of technologies, systems, personnel, and organizations. This recognition is initially manifested in the tremendous growth in three MI Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs): 96B (Intelligence Analyst), 97B (Counterintelligence [CI] Agent), 97E (Human Intelligence [HUMINT] Collector). At Fort Huachuca, we are "ramping up" to handle a significant increase in throughput for these MOSs. There are many details we are quickly handling in order to effectively put the training in place: scheduling training, cadre issues, budgeting and other resources, furniture, automation, other training equipment, classrooms, dining facilities, other facilities, and a myriad of training support to name a few. Rest assured, we will put the necessary enablers in place to meet the Army's needs.

However, our training contributions do not end there. Some of the other critical training initiatives we have either finished or undertaken include--

* Many diverse MTTs.

* A number of expanded NETs and DTTs.

* The creation of the G2X Course.

* An Expanded Source Operations Course.

* Cultural Awareness Training.

* Ethical Decision Making Training.

* Fighting ISR and Analytical Fundamentals Training.

* Stability Operations Specific Training.

These actions, in conjunction with other developments here at the Intelligence Center, at DA G2, at IN-SCOM, and across the Army, will position the MI Corps to smoothly transition to modularity and the future force. The intelligence component of the future force will realize tremendous intelligence capabilities composed of the right organizations, technologies, and equipment from the BCT level up to UEy. However, our most important enabler for the future force remains the best trained intelligence professional in the world.

We are making great progress every day and are on the right track for the future. However, we still have some challenges we must tackle. We still have much to learn on some of the critical issues (like how to provide the critical intelligence overwatch to forward-deployed tactical forces and the necessary sensor technology mixes to operate against an adaptive enemy). This is the future we promise to embark on with you to find the right answers and support our Army at war.


Major General Barbara G. Fast

Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence

Center and Fort Huachuca
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Title Annotation:Huachuca, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort
Author:Fast, Barbara G.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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