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We live in a moment when the President of the United States’ “strategist,” a febrile neo-Nazi website publisher, has re-configured the National Security Council such that he’s on it and the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chief of Staff are no longer permanent members.

We live in a moment when a sitting U.S. president refers to intelligence reports as “fake news” and asks for his Presidential Daily Brief – when he bothers to sit for one – to be condensed to a single page.

We live in a moment when matters of national security are being discussed by White House proxies through the lens of white supremacy and anti-Islamic paranoia instead of on a basis of expertise and professionalism. Chaos has ensued.

A friend of mine in the national security sector sent me this unclassified email about the US Army’s future plans for intelligence capabilities. Most of the language will seem exotic and even impenetrable. That’s because national security has nothing to do with the barking mad comments on websites. This is a serious endeavor for professionals with the most serious consequences imaginable.

We live in a moment when we need some reminding as to what it actually looks like – so we don’t forget.

—–Original Message—–
From: Ashley, Robert P Jr LTG USARMY (US)
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 4:45 PM

Subject: Army G2 Sends 6 Feb 2017 (UNCLASSIFIED)



Hope that everyone was able to enjoy the Holidays, whether at home or deployed with our teammates downrange. I wanted to use this “G2 sends” to map out a few things on deck for 2017. Look forward to your feedback. If you have something you’d like me to highlight to the MI Corps or share with the group please send me a note or hit reply all.

Thanks for all you do.

VR, Bob

* Readiness. The CSA’s top priority is readiness. We will ensure our priorities are nested by renewing our commitment to build an Intelligence Corps that is trained and ready to conduct our wartime mission. In order to do this, we need to improve our ability to track Intelligence readiness metrics. Through the Commander’s USR, we do well tracking Soldier and unit readiness, but we need to also define and track intelligence readiness – can our soldiers accomplish their job? To build a clearer picture of our Readiness, we are developing non-kinetic gunnery as part of the Army’s OBJ-T program. ICoE’s MI Gunnery will serve as a doctrinal guideline to help commander’s certify the readiness of their Intelligence crews and the ongoing Foundry OPT will develop a strategy to use the program to enable this process by focusing its resources on collective training. Because we recognize this is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the Foundry OPT will shift its focus on improving training delivery for Compo 2 and Compo 3, as well as the ASCCs in the next phase of its study. This phase will begin in mid-February, and we hope to have MI’s part of OBJ-T approved by early 2018.

* CGSC BCT S2 Course. Thanks to ICoE and CGSC on the collaboration as we prepare to launch a post-CGSC BCT S2 Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS. The
BCT S2 course is two weeks designed to enhance the skills of BCT intelligence professionals based on the foundation established by the CGSC curriculum and targets MI CPTs and MAJs enroute to FORSCOM units following their MEL-4 qualification. During the two-week course (80-hours), students will examine advanced applications of intelligence support at the BCT and cover intelligence systems, planning, and operations as part of a collaborative and distributed intelligence enterprise supporting tactical units. Students will receive in-depth, discussion-based instructional briefs, guest speaker discussions, roundtable luncheons, and practical exercises. The course will impress on students the criticality of establishing an Intelligence architecture capable of withstanding the rigors of a Combined Arms Maneuver fight while in a Decisive Action Training Environment or during real-world contingency operations. Students will also focus on topics developing strong Commander/BCT S2 relationships, leveraging DCGS-A capabilities, utilizing the MI Company, synchronizing ISR, and other topics in order to ensure their success as BCT Senior Intelligence Officers.

* Intelligence Architecture Training. Over the past several years, Senior Army leadership identified that MI Soldiers lacked a fundamental understanding of Intelligence Architecture (IA) and the Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) equipment that facilitates automated intelligence operations. These IA issues were observed at the Combat Training Centers (CTC) and at home station training. In 2016, ICoE made IA/DCGS-A training a top priority, thus creating the 111th MI Brigade IA Program. The intent is to train Soldiers to have a comprehensive understanding of their DCGS-A equipment and the use of Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) activities for timely and effective intelligence operations. To achieve that intent, ICoE is pursuing Program
of Record equipment, defining critical tasks, and updating POIs. Concurrently, the 111th MI Brigade has developed an IA/DCGS-A suite (lab) concept to enable real-time interaction between all “INTs” and Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) to build efficiency in the allocation of Program of Record equipment. Upon receipt of Program of Record equipment, the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade will continue to phase “green box” equipment into course POI.

* Exercise Always EngagedThe Military Intelligence Readiness Center (MIRC) will conduct Exercise Always Engaged at Camp Bullis, TX in coordination with INSCOM’s Detention Training Facility (IDTF) in July. The four key tasks associated with this exercise designed to improve the readiness of an Expeditionary MI Battalion (EMIBn) are the following:
1) Evaluate and train unit commander’s training objectives based on the unit’s mission and EMIBn METL, focusing on team and section key collective
2) Train and evaluate staff operations;
3) Employ all aspects of the EMIBn to simulate war time mission and build leaders through planning, execution, and management of realistic and
relevant training; and
4) Replicate the intelligence connectivity architecture design for an EMIBn that allows for units to communicate over the same systems and to the same entities as they would in a deployed environment.

* Coalition Intelligence Operations Course (FVEYS). The Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICoE) has developed the Coalition Intelligence Operations Course (FVEYS) and is scheduled to support the conduct of the pilot class in September. This collaborative effort, with more than CMF 35 subject matter experts from across all services, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and PACOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM and ABCANZ, has developed, staffed, and approved the course objectives, learning demands, class schedule and syllabus. Proposed course length is 10 days and will leverage the current DATE scenario in order to ensure a realistic training environment for all partners. In the next 60 days the team will conduct working groups, including partner nation training developers, in conjunction with other coalition intelligence training events at CENTCOM and PACOM in order to leverage existing training content and build on existing efforts.

* ISR Table Top Exercise (TTX). In March, INSCOM will host the ISR TTX facilitated by TRADOC G-2. The TTX is designed to examine the Army’s intelligence requirements, gaps, and solutions against a near peer adversary in the 2025 timeframe. The intended outcome is the production of tangible, actionable results for future planning and resource programming. The TTX will account for Special Access Program capabilities, Special Operations Forces (SOF), and Space domain gaps and Joint Service dependencies, while adhering to approved DoD and Army strategy and doctrinal documents. Additionally, the TTX schedule and outcomes will be synchronized with and inform the MI Bottom Up Review, TRADOC G-2’s Intelligence Excursion during the CSA’s May Unified Quest, and other exercise events. We will release an invitation memorandum to attend the ISR TTX and the TTX STAFFEX in February to key participants, including Army organizations, the Sister Services, and members of the Joint and National Intelligence communities.

* Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED). To meet the growing demand for PED services, the Army is extending the PED Enterprise beyond the PED Center at Fort Gordon in order to leverage additional PED personnel and increase capacity. We established PED Proof of Concept locations at Fort
Bragg, Fort Lewis, Fort Hood, and at the Southeast Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center (SE ARISC), demonstrating the capability to conduct PED operations in Near Real Time (NRT) from each location. As the operational need continues to increase, we expect to establish fully operational PED Reach Nodes at these locations, with eventual expansion to multiple Compo 2 and Compo 3 locations as resources become available.

* Remote Split Operations (RSO). Army G-2 is in the nascent stages of developing an alternate Concept of Operation (CONOP) for army MQ-1C Gray Eagles (GE) at Echelons Above Division (EAD) formations, called Remote Split Operations (RSO). RSO is an employment technique that allows operational commanders to conduct GE operations from a CONUS mission command facility (MCF). The forward component, called the Launch and Recovery Element (LRE),
is comprised of only mission essential personnel to launch, receive, and maintain the aircraft. RSO not only reduces Boots on the Ground (BOG)
numbers, it provides increased mission flexibility, optimizes the effectiveness of the aerial platform through efficient mission management, and provides real-world training opportunities that non-deployed MQ-1C formations can leverage. During FY17, RSO SATCOM and terrestrial pathways will be tested for feasibility, followed by operational demonstrations. Additionally, MCF locations will be evaluated and DOTMLPF analyses conducted in an effort to operationalize RSO to support the global fight.

* 35L Recruiting. Over the past year we’ve taken a comprehensive look at the vulnerabilities associated with the current state of readiness of MOS 35L, both from the accessions/recruiting standpoint and from the force structure/utilization perspective. Understanding the challenges of recruiting viable CI candidates and force structure mismatch, utilization, and retention all led to changes in the methods of CI recruitment and assignment. Unifying efforts, INSCOM started the 35L Counterintelligence Recruiting Program, which established and standardized 35L Recruiting Procedures at Army installations. Army G-1 added 35L to their accessions efforts with the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion (SORB), working this year to target and recruit 220 in-service applicants for 35L. To assist in efforts to ensure the best applicants apply, I ask your assistance to work within your formations to submit complete and correct packets to the Office of the Chief of MI (OCMI). I encourage everyone to speak with their subordinates and encourage applying to 35L.

* MIRC EMIBs. The MIRC will formally activate two Expeditionary MI Brigade (EMIB) Headquarters this year, the 259th EMIB headquarters at Tumwater, WA and the 336th EMIB headquarters at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), NJ. Additionally, the MIRC will add a fourth interrogation battalion in 2017, the 826th MI Battalion (Interrogation) headquartered at Fort Devens, MA.

* Bottom Up Review (BUR). We’ll complete phase II of the BUR this summer. Thanks to all who have been part of the data gathering as the team has reached out across the Army.

* Army G2 Strategic Plan. We’re putting the finishing touched on our Strat Plan at this time and should have it to you for our next “G2 Sends” update.