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Corps G-2 Staff Competencies: A Desert Storm Case Study

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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An Army Warfighting Challenge asks what Soldier, leader, and unit competencies are required for successful reconnaissance operations. Understanding the elements which constitute a competency and meta-competency identify requirements to determine what competencies may be missing from current doctrine. Analyzing current and legacy doctrine from Operation Desert Storm provided insight into how a corps headquarters planned, assessed, and executed reconnaissance during a highly successful campaign. Studying accounts on corps headquarter performance when directing and assessing reconnaissance operations further highlighted competencies required within corps intelligence sections. Legacy doctrine and accounts from Operation Desert Storm highlight the requirement for timely and accurate intelligence reports and products to support decision making. Current doctrine discusses the time element within intelligence synchronization processes, but with less emphasis than AirLand Battle doctrine. Adding a new intelligence core competency rooted in legacy doctrine while re-aligning current intelligence core competencies allows for better alignment of processes, competencies, and skills.

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  • Military Intelligence

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