2011 JSOU and NDIA SO/LIC Division Essays
JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV HURLBURT FIELD FL
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The intelligence community IC must embrace technology and an organizational restructuring to provide more accurate, effective, and efficient intelligence while reducing its resource footprint. The Department of Defense DoD faces drastic reductions in equipment and manning in the wake of an increasingly unstable global economic downturn and must reduce spending by nearly 178 billion over the next five years alone.1 Additionally, the recent report on intelligence in Afghanistan by Major General Flynn2 is a stark reminder the IC isn t doing enough to provide the right kind of intelligence to the warfighter. In order to achieve both a reduction in cost and a refocus on providing the right kind of intelligence support, the IC must adopt radical new changes to become more effective and efficient while consuming fewer resources. These changes include the establishment of consolidated intelligence fusion centers a reduction in the number of intelligence professionals deployed to combat zones and a leveraging of information systems to manage intelligence collection, processing, reporting, and analysis. By adopting a reachback model wherein consolidated intelligence fusion centers provide the majority of intelligence support to forward elements, the IC can improve intelligence capability, reduce costs, and accomplish more with less than the current model.
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