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05 Jan 2010


Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan

Added by Category: Daily Intelligence Brief, General

flynnIn what is certainly the most scathing commentary on U.S. Intelligence efforts in Afghanistan, the Center for New American Security Study today published the controversial white paper called “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.” The report critically examines the relevance of the U.S. intelligence community to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. The authors, including Major General Michael T. Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, argue that the United States’ intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate in and the people they are trying to protect and persuade. Click here to download the full white paper. We recommend taking the time to read it!

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  1. Jeff Thomas wrote: 10 January 2010

    This is a truly relevant and ready article. Long awaited by the US Chief of Intelligence to Afghanistan. How do we provide visualization and understanding for this Problem? It can be argued that GEOINT tends to be hamstrung by too many intelligence oversights, and that the GEOINT Cell must be the venture for the multi-classification environment. Similar to the Civil-Military Operations Center, we must develop and implement the GEOINT Cell as the center-piece of visualization and understanding. It must be directed by Operations and Intelligence! The GEOINT Cell, or in my opinion, the Joint Manning of a much larger GEOINT Operations Center would entail pushing down more analysts covering the entire spectrum from threats, population and other environmental considerations. This GEONT Stewardship requires GEOINT leadership, something that we as a GEOINT community tend to not cover, often saying the Intelligence Shop is in charge. As a Joint Manning Document structure the GEOINT Cell will allow our GEOINT community to step out from the greater shadows and provide the vision and understanding that is spoken about in LTG Flynn’s “Blueprint”.

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