Does the SBCT Intelligence Structure Need a Dedicated ACE/Fusion Cell?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the SBCT intelligence structure to determine if it is adequately resourced to conduct operations under a corps headquarters serving as a Joint Task Force Headquarters without a dedicated division level fusion cell. This question is considered because of the doctrinal lack of a Stryker Division headquarters to serve as the link between a SBCT and a corps headquarters. This monograph compares the capabilities of a division and a corps ACE to the intelligence capabilities of a Stryker Brigade. Chapters 1-2 look at the development and structure of the SBCT, with an emphasis on the SBCT intelligence structure. Chapter 3 reviews the structure and capabilities of a division and corps ACE. Chapter 4 uses the 6-step joint intelligence cycle as criteria to compare these two structures. A trend found during the comparison was an apparent lack of experienced personnel within the SBCT. While the Stryker Brigade has a robust intelligence structure in size, equipment, and number of personnel, the level of experience resident in its analysis teams is significantly less than that found in a division ACE. If a Stryker Brigade deploys directly under a corps headquarters serving as a JTF headquarters, it could be inadequately supplied with the necessary detail of intelligence to conduct effective operations. Three options are presented to improve the intelligence capabilities of the SBCT restructure the SBCT MI company to include analysis teams lead by senior warrant officers, versus the current three-platoon structure have the SBCT deploy only under control of a standing division headquarters this action would provide the SBCT with access to a division ACE for intelligence support or establish a standing ACE type structure that supports one or multiple Stryker brigades during deployments. This option would increase the overall personnel numbers of the SBCT structure, but provide a necessary intelligence function to the brigade.
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