Accession Number : ADA470469


Title :   Covert Action Lead -- Central Intelligence Agency or Special Forces


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept. Jul 2006-May 2007


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Bramble, Vincent P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a470469.pdf


Report Date : May 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : Since the end of the 'Cold War' in 1989, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has had a reduction in its ability to perform its tenet missions: Foreign Intelligence Collection, Covert Action, and Counter Intelligence. This is primarily due to two reasons: insufficient resources (budget and manpower) to meet its current requirements and a shift in focus from Human Intelligence (HUMINT) to other forms of intelligence gathering. With the events of 11 September 2001, terrorism has seemingly surfaced as a top threat to the global community--especially the United States (U.S.). An effective method of infiltrating a terrorist network and neutralizing its capability is through HUMINT via Covert Action. Historically, the CIA has called upon the Department of Defense (DoD) to help with and augment Covert Action in the form of detailing. DoD, compared to the CIA, is resourced significantly greater in terms of budget and manpower. With respect to its training, skill sets and maturity, United States Army Special Forces are the most capable component of DoD to execute detailing for Covert Action. As the fear of terrorism continues to hold its place as an elevated threat to the U.S., combined with the decline in the CIA's ability to perform Covert Action, is it now time for Special Forces to assume the lead role in Covert Action?


Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , *COVERT OPERATIONS , *COUNTERINTELLIGENCE , *SPECIAL FORCES , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , UNITED STATES , FOREIGN , SKILLS , RESOURCES , TERRORISM , BUDGETS , DATA ACQUISITION , NETWORKS , THREATS , MANPOWER , COLD WAR


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Intelligence


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE