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Technical Perspective.

Over the last 30 years, military intelligence (Ml) professionals have been decisively engaged in a wide variety of operations around the globe that have forced the Ml Corps to undergo a number of significant transformations. From stability and support operations in the Balkans, protracted counterinsur-gency (COIN) in Iraq and Afghanistan, to our recent efforts to refocus on fighting and winning in a decisive action environment, the Ml Soldier has had to be prepared to simultaneously support phase 0 (shape) or phase 1 (deter) operations within every combatant command. Maintaining a trained and ready force to meet these operational challenges demands that we have no Ml Soldier "at rest."

For nearly 15 years, the focus of our Army has been on conducting COIN operations throughout the world. The COINcentric fight significantly affected how we trained, manned, and equipped our Ml Soldiers, resulting in an Ml Corps that is no longer optimized to fight and win against a peer or near-peer threat. The strain of continuous operations combined with fiscal constraints considerably affects our ability to find, fix, finish, exploit, analyze, and disseminate intelligence information at the speed necessary to decisively defeat our potential adversaries. Some of our historic strengths as an intelligence enterprise are in atrophy and are on the verge of becoming potential weaknesses.

Today's MI Soldier faces what may well be the most dangerous and unpredictable operating environment in our Nation's history. Our potential adversaries continue to build military capacity at record speed as they attempt to exploit perceived U.S. weaknesses and achieve parity with U.S. conventional forces, particularly in the air and maritime domains. They also improve their air defense capabilities, providing increased protection and freedom of maneuver to their ground forces while limiting our joint force intelligence collection and targeting/strike opportunities. Perhaps most significantly, our potential adversaries have made tremendous strides in exploiting U.S. vulnerabilities through the use of commercially available technology and their mastery of the space and cyberspace domains. Our intent is to re-establish intelligence dominance across all domains in order to provide commanders with the intelligence information they need to achieve military objectives.

This edition of MIPB focuses on "Designing the Future Force," which is vitally important to the development and sustainment of a ready and resilient Army intelligence capability to defeat potential threats. To support this effort, several initiatives such as the Ml bottom-up review (BUR), the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) 30-Year Strategic Modernization Plan, and doctrinal and training developments are well underway. These initatives will not only inform future developments but also posture our Ml Corps to defeat all future threats.

The intent of the BUR was to conduct a holistic review of the Ml force to inform the total army analysis process. The nearly yearlong process included several travel teams in conjunction with multiple online surveys that sought to identify challenges and capability gaps across all disciplines, echelons, and organizations throughout the Ml Corps. While this effort will certainly influence many modernization initiatives within the Corps, our leadership directed priority attention towards several "big ideas" with the intent to transform our force from predominantly COIN-centric to a balanced capability-postured force in order to support the full range of military operations.

The USAICoE 30-Year Strategic Modernization Plan is part of a multipronged strategy that seeks to leverage modern data acquisition, collection, transport, exploitation, and analytic platforms to efficiently create situational understanding and clarity for decision makers. Requirements include the ability to perform intelligence operations in low bandwidth and contested environments with unified and joint partners. It is essential that our Ml professionals remain a vital part of the modernization plan; it is through the requirements determination process that we clearly articulate what future capabilities we require to effectively perform intelligence operations, synchronization, and analysis.

For several years, USAICoE has been diligently modifying all levels of professional training and education, which will maintain valuable lessons learned while reintroducing warfighting fundamentals and emerging capabilities from the space and cyberspace domains, to fully address challenges faced within the decisive action environment. The intent is to achieve an educational balance that postures our Ml professionals for the unknown or unknowable.

Thanks for all of your enduring efforts, collective professionalism, and selfless service that have been and will remain the bedrock of our Ml Corps and Army!

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Matthew R. Martin

U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
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Date:Jan 1, 2018
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