Accession Number : ADA545590


Title :   Inverting the Army Intelligence Pyramid


Descriptive Note : Monograph


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


Personal Author(s) : McGarry, Christopher C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545590.pdf


Report Date : 19 May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 69


Abstract : Lessons learned from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past ten years indicate that the Army is fighting in an environment that requires a change in how organizations gather, analyze, synthesize, and produce intelligence. Top-down intelligence no longer drives today's operations. Instead, current operations produce numerous lower-level information and intelligence reports that higher headquarters must gather, analyze, and synthesize. The sheer volume of these reports and the depth and breadth of information they provide often exceed the capacity of the intelligence organizations at the various headquarters echelons -- particularly those within the brigade combat team (BCT).The particularly high demand for intelligence in today's operational environment, coupled with the need for operational integration of tactical units, leads to the critical question: does the U.S. Army require intelligence support teams at the company-level in all BCTs? The methodology consists of a detailed description, analysis, and synthesis of current data collected on intelligence needs and organizational responses to these needs at the company-level throughout the U.S. Army. This research includes case study analysis comparing select brigade combat teams that employed company-level intelligence support teams (CoISTs) with those that did not. A review of historical literature on Army operations reveals a pattern of success among units who had a section of three to eight personnel within the company dedicated exclusively to intelligence analysis. While this research does not indicate a fundamental change in the nature of war, it does highlight the unique requirements for intelligence collection and analysis in today's wars. In particular, close interaction between Army units and local populations has led to the generation of vast amounts of information that platoons and comp


Descriptors :   *ARMY INTELLIGENCE , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , CLOSE SUPPORT , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , REPORTS , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , POPULATION , CASE STUDIES , RESPONSE , DOCUMENTS , HISTORY , DATA ACQUISITION , COMPANY LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , ARMY OPERATIONS , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , LESSONS LEARNED , AFGHANISTAN , IRAQ


Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE