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Necessary U.S. wartime intel no longer assured

A new report from the Army points out the obvious fact that military operations increasingly are dependent on intelligence, explains a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

But effective intelligence is not assured, it notes.

“Despite a thorough understanding of intelligence fundamentals and a proficient staff, an effective intelligence effort is not assured. Large-scale combat operations are characterized by complexity, chaos, fear, violence, fatigue, and uncertainty.

“The fluid and chaotic nature of large-scale combat operations causes the greatest degree of fog, frictions, and stress on the intelligence warfighting function.”

It said intelligence “is never perfect, information collection is never easy, and a single collection capability is never persistent and accurate enough to provide all the answers.”

The report, released this month, explains the outline for concern: An unknowable future will demand a “full range of military operations,” multiple domains, demands to deploy and transition to large-scale operations, enemy opposition and more.

“Intelligence, especially warning intelligence and other aspects of setting the theater of operations, is integral to operations, as the theater army competes with peer threats below the level of armed conflict. Friendly forces attempt to maintain an enduring initiative during operations to shape and prevent. However, enemies are likely to initiate hostilities against friendly forces from initial positions of relative advantage.”

It continued, “Units must be prepared to fight for intelligence against a range of threats, enemy formations, and unknowns.”

The needs will be there in real time.

But intelligence can open the door for tailored solutions.

“From this understanding, commanders can better identify windows of opportunity during operations to converge capabilities for best effect. Ready access to the intelligence networks facilitates timely decision making and provides commanders the flexibility to successfully shape and execute operations.”

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.