Reserve Component Contribution to Imagery Intelligence
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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One of six primary intelligence disciplines, IMINT traditionally has accounted for the lions share of intelligence-derived information since World War II. Because raw imagery has limited value until it has been exploited, the increased volume of raw imagery demands an enhanced ability for combatant commanders and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency NIMA to effectively manage imagery exploitation assets in support of combatant commanders strategic and operational intelligence requirements. A shortage of imagery analysts IA relative to the amount of raw imagery needing exploitation has drawn national-level attention to IMINT. This monograph offers a model that the intelligence community may use to determine the most effective operational employment of reserve component RC intelligence elements in support of combatant commanders strategic and operational intelligence requirements. In terms of scope, RC forces account for approximately 40 percent of intelligence production in support of the combatant commands. More than 90 percent of all RC imagery analysts have deployed in the 18 months following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. The model will show how optimal use of imagery analysts whether active or reserve, military or civilian will maximize combatant commanders analytical power, and therefore improve their ability to fulfill their strategic and operational intelligence requirements. To define the issues associated with RC contribution to IMINT and geospatial information requirements, the author surveyed the combatant commanders intelligence leadership at the Joint Intelligence Centers JIC. The study structure identifies and links the major players involved in RC contribution to combatant commanders IMINT and geospatial information needs.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Military Intelligence