National-Level Intelligence and the Operational Commander: Improving Support to the Theater
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The relationship between operational commanders and the national level intelligence community is examined by suggesting the nature of support that should be provided to the theaters. Proper support from the national agencies is necessary if a theater commander is to have the best possible intelligence needed for planning and executing campaigns and operations. Problems which developed between theater commanders and the national agencies during DESERT STORM and other operations are examined. These cases demonstrated that a unified intelligence effort is needed between the theater and national levels. Also, near-real time dissemination of national-level intelligence products to the operational commanders should be ensured. These products should provide the theater commander with the clearest possible assessments on enemy capabilities and intentions.
- Civil Defense
- Military Intelligence
- Guided Missiles