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Army intelligence master plan.

The immediate challenge for Army Intelligence is to meet the myriad challenges associated with the global war on terrorism and emerging homeland security issues while simultaneously proceeding with the ambitious Army Transformation process. The Army Intelligence Master Plan (AIMP) is at the nexus of Army Intelligence Transformation, and the AIMP team is heavily engaged in responding to the current crisis. AIMP integrates and synchronizes the efforts of diverse organizations, both inside and outside the Army.

Established in 1986 through a unique partnership of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, AIMP comprises a government and contractor integrated concept team (ICT) and integrated product team (IPT). The AIMP principal office is in Falls Church, Virginia, with additional locations at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Pentagon, and Fort Meade, Maryland. AIMP, while focused on the future, daily engages in issues that span the full spectrum of Army Intelligence issues.

The AIMP charter is: "To provide a single, synchronized strategy for the evolution of Army Intelligence, at all echelons, to successfully support Army Transformation to the Objective Force." Enabled by resident subject-matter expertise and an extended network of consultants and advisors, the AIMP coalesces the efforts of all the important players in Army Intelligence to build a coherent strategy for achieving Army Intelligence Transformation. Since Army Intelligence Transformation extends far beyond the Army, AIMP's critical linkages to joint and national agencies and organizations are crucial.

AIMP Areas of Focus. AIMP's focus areas are intelligence futures, data management, and decision support tools.

Intelligence Futures. The AIMP employs a methodology and process to articulate the vision of Army Intelligence for the future, a frank assessment of where we are today, and an analysis of the "delta" that results in a plan to move forward, focused on the envisioned end-state. The Army Intelligence Transformation Campaign Plan (AITCP) codifies that result. Embedded within the AITCP is an action plan that identifies the high-level goals and objectives as well as the organizational responsibilities for refining and executing the actions. Ultimately, this will serve to synchronize the activities of the entire Army Intelligence community on the journey that is Army Transformation.

Crucial to the AITCP is a sound assessment of our shortcomings and desired capabilities. By examining the doctrine, training, leadership, organizational, materiel, soldiers, and policy (DTLOMS-P) impacts, we begin to identify solutions that, considered in the light of other intelligence issues, lead to solidified Army positions. In turn, the output, the electronic AIMP (eAIMP), is the primary means of disseminating the established Army positions on intelligence-related issues. The eAIMP is the virtual home of the AITCP. As the eAIMP evolves, it will foster sharing and facilitating discussion among the Army Intelligence community. The eAIMP website ( is a valuable resource for all military intelligence (MI) professionals.

Data Management. The AIMP pulls data from more than a dozen disparate Army corporate databases to assess issues critical to the MI force and to provide answers on force structure, manpower, and programmatics. This AIMP program, called the Analytic Assessment Tool (AAT), provides a detailed analysis of MI programs for the current year through the Army Program Objective Memorandum (POM) years and enables action officers and senior leaders alike to make informed decisions on the future MI force. It is the data warehouse for Army.

Intelligence - the "one-stop shop" for documenting and facilitating analysis about how we want to look in the future is the ability to derive the right answer at the right time to enable a decision. This is key to enabling Army Intelligence Transformation.

Decision Support Tools. The AIMP has developed automated decision support tools to map future Army Intelligence requirements against projected budgets. These tools help identify unfunded requirements and assist action officers and decision-makers to determine "bill payers" for the future force.

The first of these tools is the National Foreign Intelligence Program Intelligence Investment Strategy ([NFIPI.sup.2]S) which is a prototype decision tool designed to support program development for those elements arid activities of the National Foreign Intelligence Program (NFIP) that fall under Army supervision.

The second decision support tool is the Force Development Intelligence Investment Strategy ([FDI.sup.2]S), a robust prototype software tool to support analysis and presentation of the Army Total Obligation Authority by portraying funding data from the appropriate Army databases. Although developed and used for Army Intelligence, in recognition of its powerful analysis capability, the Army has mandated [FDI.sup.2]S for use by every battlefield functional area in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs to build the Army's POM.

Final Thoughts. The MI leadership presented the Army Intelligence Vision and essential parts of the AITCP at the September 2001 Army Worldwide Intelligence Conference (held at Fort Huachuca). The presentation documents are available on the eAIMP.AIMP encourages all MI professionals to become involved in the transformation of Army Intelligence. You must speak the language, understand, and embrace Army Transformation so you can help define and implement Army Intelligence Transformation. AIMP, through the AITCP and eAIMP, will facilitate the discussion and document the effort. We need the involvement of the entire MI Corps to transform Army Intelligence to achieve the goal of providing the Army with decision dominance on the battlefields of the future. We must remain "Always Out Front" and the AIMP is integral to that challenge.

Keith Masback is the Director of the Army Intelligence Master Plan (AIMP), Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy chief of Staff for Intelligence (ODCSlNT). During his Army service, Mr. Masback was an Infantry officer with the Berlin Brigade, transitioned to the Military intelligence Branch and then served with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps. He served in the ODCSINT Initiatives Group and as the Military Assistant to the DCSINT. In his final position as an active duty officer, he managed requirements and resourcing for the Army's Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) Program. Most recently, Mr. Masback served as the Deputy Director of the Director's Initiatives Group at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College, completed the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, and is a candidate for a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense intellige nce Agency.
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Author:Masback, Keith
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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