RAF and Intelligence Warfighting Function
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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The Chief of Staff of the Army s CSA s Total Army Regionally Aligned Force RAF concept requires a versatile mix of intelligence capabilities and expertise within the Intelligence Warfighting Function IWfF. The IWfF is a series of intelligence tasks and systems people, organizations, information, and processes whose common purpose is to facilitate an understanding of the enemy, terrain, and civil considerations. 2 Additionally, the IWfF is the Army s contribution to the greater Intelligence Enterprise which is the sum total of the intelligence efforts for the entire U.S. intelligence community. 3 Army Transformation and Modularity efforts and the expansion of the brigade combat team-level BCT intelligence structure came at the expense of the conventional Military Intelligence MI battalion structure. The loss of MI formations created gaps in capabilities, Title 10 training, and intelligence certifications needed for MI units to access the greater Intelligence Enterprise. Twelve years of war, coupled with substantial overseas contingency operations OCO funding, allowed the Army to find materiel and personnel solutions to intelligence training and capability gaps. The RAF concept builds upon these solutions within the Army Force Generation ARFORGEN cycle. IWfF solutions and the gaps created by sequestration in FY13, acceleration of FY17 force reductions to FY15, and the future 25 percent reductions in two-star level and above headquarters hinder the IWfF s ability to execute RAF. Moving forward with the RAF concept without assessing the risks created by these new gaps prevents the IWfF from prudently applying resources needed to effectively and efficiently execute the CSA s RAF intent. The 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the restrictions in the 2011 Budget Control Act require the U.S. Army to reduce its end strength to 490,000 by the end of Fiscal Year FY 2017.
- Military Intelligence
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics