How Can the United States Army Improve Human Intelligence in Peace Operations?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In military operations every soldier is a human intelligence HUMINT collector. The new doctrine and current peace operations regarding the G2X position fails to incorporate all HUMINT collectors under the G2X. Additionally, the new doctrine also fails to incorporate nonintelligence HUMINT collectors involved in peace operations. Current doctrine calls on the many secondary HUMINT collectors to collect information or intelligence as part of their mission. These secondary collectors, such as the Military Police, Psychological Operations, Civil Affairs and Line Units conduct liaison with international and local police forces, host-government official, nongovernment organizations, and local leaders. These are same individuals with whom the primary HUMINT collectors liaison. But the secondary HUMINT collectors do not fall under the G2Xs ability to deconflict. The lack of deconfliction and coordination leads to redundant coverage of sources and circular reporting. If the efforts of the secondary and primary collectors could be deconflicted, it would reduce circular reporting and redundancy. The eliminated redundancy would free primary HUMINT collectors to concentrate on sources that require street craft and resources not available to secondary collectors.
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