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Scoring the army reserve MI concept--an insider's look at the MIRC's strategic future.

The U.S. Army Reserve's Military Intelligence Readiness Command, fondly known as the "MIRC" by its Soldiers and civilians, was officially established on 15 September 2005. For the year and a half prior to that date, the MIRC staff weathered the growing pains of realigning Reserve Component (RC) operational and strategic force structure, supporting the growing demands of Army Service Component Commands and the combat support agencies while providing seamless support to the War on Terrorism. In the midst of growing the organization, the MIRC mobilized 518 Soldiers adding to the total of 3,935 who have been mobilized from organic RC units since 2001.

The MIRC currently serves as the Army Reserve branch proponent for all Army Reserve intelligence related issues. Having earned a reputation for professionalism under the visionary leadership of Brigadier General Gregory Schumacher, the MIRC is now forging ahead with aggressive integration plans for the Army Intelligence Campaign Plan (AICP) and the Army's Modular Force.

Co-located with its "sister" component the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) in the Nolan Building at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the MIRC enjoys a daily synergy and battle rhythm focus. Commanders and staffs from both organizations concurrently attend Department of the Army (DA) G2 intelligence conferences and campaign planning meetings. Force Management teams coordinate efforts weekly to ensure that a well-documented and unified plan best supports operational requirements documented by regional warfighters. Mobilization and training staffs synchronize Army Reserve Force Generation/Army Reserve Expeditionary Force (ARFORGEN/AREF) planning and, recently, the two organizations jointly honored their fallen intelligence Soldiers during a Memorial Day tribute at Fort Belvoir.

The MIRC has forged a partnership with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) G2 staff, resulting in a mutually-supporting relationship for intelligence training. This plays out daily across the U.S. at each of the five supporting Army Reserve Intelligence Support Centers (ARISCs). The strength of this relationship was further demonstrated during the 2006 Spring Intelligence Training Conferences at Fort Huachuca, Arizona when Reserve Component leaders were invited to speak as guests of their hosting National Guard colleagues. MIRC and NGB staffs regularly collaborate on Modular Force structure planning and they will jointly represent RC interests to the DA G2 in the ongoing AICP process.

The MIRC provides daily support to the Army Service Component Commands via their theater support battalion reach-back capability and ARISC Intelligence Production Support programs. Mobilized Soldiers and Soldiers on voluntary Contingency Operations temporary tour of active duty (TTAD) orders provide overwatch support from Joint Reserve Intelligence Production (JRIP) sites throughout CONUS. Likewise, MIRC Soldiers on active duty are integrated in the Joint intelligence staffs of combatant commands and National intelligence agencies such as Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Security Agency (NSA), and Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). Elements of the MIRC augment the Army Technical Control and Analysis Element (TCAE) and Regional Signals Intelligence Operation Centers (RSOCs). This integration directly reflects the MIRC Commander's vision for closely aligned operational relationships between the MIRC and its supported commands.

Recently, the MIRC became a full participant in the DA G2's AICP process, both in a leadership and supporting capacity. MIRC action officers will ensure that Army Reserve equities are represented in the action plans for five major campaign objectives. This initiative spans the spectrum from Project Foundry implementation to revitalizing Human Intelligence (HUMINT) to the Joint Intelligence Operations Capability/ Distributed Common Ground System--Army (JIOC/DCGS-A) integration to operationalizing the Every Soldier a Sensor (ES2) concept for RC Soldiers. To achieve this, the MIRC will establish and/or support Integrated Process Teams, comprised of elements from the U.S. Army Intelligence Center (USAIC), INSCOM, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and DA G2 staff. As the Army Reserve's functional MI Command, the MIRC will author the Army Reserve ICP.

In conjunction with directives from the Chief of Staff of the Army, the MIRC is providing a full review of proposed modular force structure in light of operational requirements. Planning the mobilization readiness for increased numbers of HUMINT collection teams, rotational MI battalions embedded in Battlefield Surveillance Brigades, and activation of Joint Interrogation and Detention Center battalions will influence the future of the MIRC as it increases in relevance and responsibility. The MIRC's span of control will reach from the European Theater all the way to the Far East, including multi-component and elements of Joint organizations.

What originated as a concept plan to functionalize specialty branches in the Army Reserve has resulted in a major success story for AC and RC integration. As a result, the MIRC is quickly emerging as the Army Reserve's example of expeditionary force planning at its best. Maturing existing relationships and fostering even stronger ones with the DA G2 staff for future resource programming will ensure the continued readiness of that one-third of the Army's intelligence force found in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Colonel Julie M. Augeri, an Honors Graduate of the University of Kansas and the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, has 25 years of service as a Regular Army and Army Reserve officer. Her leadership positions include assignments as Ground Surveillance Radar Company Commander, B Company, 108th MI (CEWI) Battalion, Wildflecken, Germany; TCAE Chief, 338th MI Battalion, Fort Meade, Maryland; Counterintelligence/MI Functional Course Manager, 2/84th MI Battalion, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; 164th Corps Support Group Executive Officer, Mesa, Arizona; Commander, 5/104th MI Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Army Reserve Element Commander, Joint Transformation Command-Intelligence, JFCOM, Norfolk, Virginia. COL Augeri is currently the Commander of the 3300th Strategic Intelligence Group, Washington, DC. Her staff assignments include Logistics Officer, 108th MI Battalion (CEWI); Staff Plans Officer, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, HQDA; HUMINT Staff Officer, Caribbean/Latin American Desk, INSCOM; Director of Personnel, S1, 164th Corps Support Group, Mesa, Arizona; Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, 63rd Regional Readiness Command, Los Alamitos, California, and Deputy Director for Force Programs, Mobilization for the Chief of the Army Reserve, Washington DC. COL Augeri is a 1998 graduate of the Command and General Staff College and a 2006 graduate of the Army War College. In her civilian profession, she serves as the Director for Plans, Analysis and Integration for the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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Date:Apr 1, 2007
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