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Improving Development and Utilization of U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officers

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The U.S. Air Force intelligence career field 14N incorporates a broad set of operational functions. Nine former subdivisions have been melded into a single Air Force specialty code AFSC, reflecting Air Force policy at the time to develop broadened specialists with an understanding of intelligence beyond a specific technical area. Intelligence officers are expected to gain proficiency in four core competencies 1 targeting, 2 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance battle planning, 3 unit and air operations center, and 4 aerospace intelligence preparation of the battlespace and predictive battlespace analysis. A mismatch in the late 1990s between the qualifications needed for key general officer positions and the available candidates background and experience stimulated an extensive Air Force effort to improve the development of future senior leaders. The effort evolved into a force-development initiative--managed by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel advised by a force management and development council chaired by the Vice Chief of Staff and primarily in the hands of career field managers, functional development teams, and the Air Force Personnel Centers AFPCs officer assignment teams. The initiative concentrates on the development of officers in grades below colonel and is aimed at developing enough officers with specified types of background and experience to provide multiple qualified candidates for future requirements see pp. 3-4. In 2005, an article in the C4ISR Journal asserted that colonels in the intelligence career field were at a disadvantage for promotion to the general officer ranks.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Intelligence

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