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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Improved Application of Intelligence to the Battlefield. May - July 1996

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The 1996 Defense Science Board DSB Task Force on Improved Application of Intelligence to the Battlefield submits this report to document its work, findings and recommendations, which extends and refines the prior years study on the same subject. The Task Force was asked to 1 review and evaluate the progress made in implementing the recommendations made last year 2 identify further actions that could be quickly implemented to improve the safety and effectiveness of the coalition forces in Bosnia prior to and during their redeployment and 3 recommend longer term actions to prepare for future contingencies. This report documents detailed recommendations for each one of the three parts of the assignment. While the 1995 study focused on contributions that the recommended technology and equipment additions would have on operations in Bosnia Herzegovina and other Theater sites, this years report highlights the need for changes in operations as well as joint, Service and coalition doctrine to leverage the deployed technology and equipment infrastructure. However, the non- technological changes are at least as important to make as the technological changes and will require strong commitment and leadership at all levels for effective implementation. The Task Force found numerous systemic barriers to achieving information dominance. With the potential for deployment of ground forces and the resulting increased operational stress, the shortcomings and unnecessary risks would be expected to increase unless significant changes were made.

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  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Defense Systems

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