Intelligence Architecture, Echelons Corps and Below (ECB): Some Near Term Alternatives
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Army War College encourages its students to challenge the way the Army operates. This paper is an expression of that license. It is a catharsis of the professional frustrations of two heavy division MI battalion commanders concerning the unfulfilled potential of tactical Intelligence and Electronic Warfare IEW units. The paper presents a common sense solution for maximizing that potential. In the near term, with the assets currently fielded within the heavy corps. Since the implementation of the Intelligence Organization and Stationing Study IOSS in 1975, tactical intelligence units have meandered through a labyrinth of cosmetic name changes, product improvements and structural realignments in search of the right mix of IEW support for maneuver commanders. These incessant attempts at compatibility have created readiness imbalances between intelligence units and the combat arms they are intended to support. IEW warfighting effectiveness has been seriously imperiled by critical personnel shortages, equipment inadequacies, maintenance shortfalls, training detractors, doctrinal ambiguities survivability concerns, and a lack of a standard technical evaluation mechanism. The impending force reductions and proposed budget decrements will further exacerbate these systemic operational deficiencies.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics