Asking Questions: Will Army Tactical Interrogation be Ready for War?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph addresses a perceived imbalance in U.S. Army tactical force structure between technical means of intelligence collection and non- technical means, specifically interrogators. It proposes to provide a judgement on whether or not, in light of historical experience, currrent tables of organization and equipment TOEs provide an adequate interrogation capability. The monograph first examines the historical importance of interrogator derived information IDI and concludes that it has least through the Vietnam War. The monograph next discusses IDIs likely usefulness on battlefields of the near to mid term five to ten year future. It concludes that IDI will in all probability be important on almost all foreseeable battlefields of the future and that its importance will vary indirectly with the intensity of the conflict. Thirdly, the monograph compares and contrasts Twentieth Century U.S. Army requirements and authorizations for interrogators with the Army of Excellence ADE tables currently beaing introduced. ADE tables for division and below are found to meet likely minimum requirements, while authorizations above division level, especially outside Europe, are judged inadequate. Finally, this monograph concludes that while there are encouraging trends in resourcing, it is ultimately the careful and intelligent use of the assets by commanders and staffs which will determine whether or not Army interrogators are ready for war.
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