Accession Number:

ADA574674

Title:

Taking the Lead in Professional Growth: The Development of a NATO SOF Intelligence Officer

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

This thesis analyzes intelligence support to NATO Special Operations and the training that facilitates this capability, and recommends a model to increase competence in the field of intelligence. The training provided by the NATO SOF Training and Education Program NSTEP has led NATO SOF intelligence personnel to fill critical positions that have afforded operational elements to execute missions. The successes of ISAF SOF have been attributed to the skilled analysts who have developed clear pictures of the enemy threat and competence in analyzing raw information. These skill sets are critical to ensuring that the commanders guidance is met and that gaps in intelligence are filled in for the operational elements. The steps taken by the NATO SOF Headquarters NSHQ to meet the need for skilled intelligence professionals have been pivotal to the growth of the NSTEP schoolhouses course curriculum. Additionally, increased access to ISR assets and interactions with other intelligence agencies have levied added responsibilities on NATO SOF intelligence officers to become more knowledgeable about multidisciplinary intelligence operations. This requirement forces NATO SOF intelligence officers to become experts in multiple fields. This access enables these officers to seek out additional training to meet these needs. To ensure that these requirements are met, does NSHQ need to develop a curriculum that provides management training for intelligence officers to meet the need of overseeing multisource intelligence elements

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE