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The military intelligence readiness command.

Because of the challenges of the Global War on Terror, the U.S. Army is constantly looking to improve its capabilities through the use of new training methods, tactics, and organizations. With those goals in mind, the Army created the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The MIRC's objective is to improve the readiness of Army Reserve MI by providing trained and ready Soldiers and units, according to Major General George Fay, Deputy Security Officer, Department of the Army. As a Reserve Officer with more than 35 years of experience and former Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Fay knows the training and readiness challenges facing Army Reserve intelligence. The MIRC was formed to meet those challenges, but how exactly will the MIRC accomplish its objective?

Colonel Dorothy Perkins, Chief, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, European Command, envisions the MIRC as "a command that completely manages the Army Reserve MI force; specifically, recruiting and training Soldiers, making units ready to deploy, and creating a force structure to allow Soldiers to grow, mature, be promoted, and assume more responsibilities."

Prior to the MIRC's existence, there was no organization solely responsible for recruiting and training Army Reserve MI Soldiers nor were there clear career paths for Soldiers to determine subsequent assignments for further professional development. The Soldier was responsible for finding a unit to be assigned to and determining, on his own, his next assignment if his present unit had no vacancies. The MIRC provides training and development opportunities for Soldiers in a more deliberate manner.

According to Perkins, "The MIRC can further influence the Active Component's ability to access Army Reserve MI units and skillfully integrate them into the fight. In doing so, the MIRC may foster a greater understanding among supported commands of Army Reserve MI unit composition, availability, capability, and specific methods of obtaining MI Soldiers from the Army Reserve. In addition, there is a huge ability to leverage reach support through the MIRC's five Army Reserve Intelligence Support Centers (ARISCs) located throughout the United States."

MIRC units are always "in the fight" and provide ongoing intelligence support to active Army units worldwide. During the Global War on Terror, some units deployed while others supported from ARISCs located throughout the United States. Although not deployed, these Soldiers provide valuable intelligence support to forward deployed units through the use of technology.

As Perkins put it, the MIRC will be "one-stop shopping" for Army Reserve intelligence. "The ability for units in the field to reach out and touch Army Reserve MI assets is more important than ever. Commanders in the field easily understand having a central point of contact to obtain Reserve MI support. The MIRC ensures the Army Reserve meets the warfighter's needs for that support and determines the specific needs of the warfighter to meet intelligence strategies and requirements. Its existence has both an immediate and lasting impact on improved support to the warfighter." The MIRC is already having a positive impact by establishing working relationships with the warfighter to improve intelligence support from the Army Reserve. The MIRC also identifies innovative ways to train Soldiers, given limited time and resources.

As the Army looks toward the future, how might the MIRC continue to have a positive impact? Fay sees the MIRC as "enabling the Army Reserve MI Force to have a stronger voice both in the Army Intelligence Community and broader national Intelligence Community. The MIRC will be able to conduct focused intelligence training and assignments for the entire Army Reserve MI Force. It will be more flexible to the ever changing needs and requirements of the Army."

"With the increased emphasis on intelligence support, the MIRC will play a key role in responding to requirements, policy decisions, and changes that directly affect Army Reserve MI Soldiers. There is much work to be done, but the end result is trained intelligence Soldiers who will be ready when the nation calls." Fay added.

Reprinted with permission from the INSCOM Journal, Summer 2005

Editor's Note: For further details on the mission and organization of the MIRC go to MIPB's FOUO article section.
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Author:Sands, Michael
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
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Date:Jan 1, 2006
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