Army Intelligence Master Plan AIMP: The view from the future Army Intelligence Transformation

Army Intelligence Master Plan AIMP: The view from the future Army Intelligence Transformation – Leadership Notes

Keith J. Masback

(Note: The Army Intelligence Master Plan (AIMP) supports the senior Army Intelligence leadership by envisioning and documenting the future. The AIMP brings vision to reality by developing assessments and roadmaps to transition the current force to the future force. These assessments and roadmaps, taken collectively, form an Army Intelligence Synchronization and Action Plan that addresses the doctrine, training, leadership, organization, materiel, soldier, and policy (DTLOMS-P) implications of the envisioned future. The Army Intelligence Vision complements and supports the Army Vision while the practical aspects of its development are drawn from soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers conducting intelligence operations around the world. Inherent in the challenge of “visioning” is developing a view with enough substance to make it real, yet sufficiently broad to cover unforeseen changes in the operating environment or threat.

At its core the AIMP constantly seeks to answer the twin questions of “Where are we going?” and, “How do we get there?” The AIMP is about change and for most people, change is hard. This is the first in a continuing series of articles from the Director of the Army Intelligence Master Plan that seeks to lay out how the AIMP Directorate sees the future and what some of the more controversial aspects of getting to that future might be.)

In support of senior Army Intelligence leadership and the Army’s Transformation Plan, the AIMP recently published a vision and implementation plan to transform Army Intelligence. The Army Intelligence Transformation Campaign Plan (Al-TCP) establishes a common framework for understanding and guiding Army Intelligence Transformation. Army Transformation drives and is the focus of the Al-TCP, which responds directly to the Objective Force requirement for nearperfect situational awareness to enable decisive operations. It presents a set of high-level goals as the conceptual framework for the coherent transformation of Army Intelligence. The Al-TCP adds substance to vision via a detailed analysis of the ability of Army Intelligence to support Objective Force operations. Current Intelligence Discipline Assessments (CIDAs) add detail to the Al-TCP.

CIDAs define discipline-specific Army Intelligence concepts and capabilities on the strategic planning horizon as they respond to and integrate national security strategy (NSS), national military strategy (NMS), and Intelligence Community planning with emerging Army doctrine. The individual assessments trace changing capabilities from the current baseline through the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), the 2015 Army Intelligence force, to realization of Army Objective Force capabilities.

In the Objective Force era, Army Intelligence will be a globally focused, rapidly deployable, knowledge-based force composed of expert personnel harnessing the collaborative, analytical, communications, and presentation power of modern information technology to support leaders at the point of decision. Army Intelligence core competencies consist of–

* Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) integration and synchronization of all ISR sensors to build the enemy forces, terrain, and weather pictures.

* Unique collection to cover information gaps.

* Analysis to transform data into information and information into knowledge.

* Presentation of knowledge in a format and manner that enables the commander’s understanding.

* Full-dimension protection of physical and cyber domains.

World-class soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Defense contractors are the foundation of transformed Army Intelligence. The energy and vision to transform depends on Army Intelligence sustaining the world’s premier workforce. Transformed Army Intelligence conducts sustained, continuous, real-world intelligence operations in collaboration with joint, national, and combined intelligence organizations to build the knowledge base and establish the context for future force employment. On a daily basis, the Army Intelligence force develops the knowledge required to enable Objective Force success. Upon notification of impending force deployment, the effort focuses on rapidly assembling knowledge by linking relevant tactical through national intelligence providers in virtual collaboration. Army Intelligence leaders at all levels adaptively force package intelligence capabilities in response to requirements forward.

Ironically, the scheduled major public unveiling of the Army Intelligence transformation vision and associated campaign plan by the Army’s G2 (Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence [DCSINT]) Lieutenant General Robert W. Noonan, Jr., was to be at the Army Worldwide Intelligence Conferenceon 11 Septermber 2001. The attack by transnational terrorists on the United States caused the scaling back of the public unveiling as attentions and interest rapidly refocused on the changed operational environment. In the aftermath of September 11, the AIMP Directorate was charged with evaluation of the Army Intelligence Vision for its applicability to the changed environment and in particular to the Homeland Security challenge. The AIMP rapidly convened Homeland Security Conferences at both the action officer and retired/former Army Intelligence senior leader levels. As a result of our post-September 11 activities, we concluded that the Army Intelligence Vision was broad enough to cover the changed circumstances but that we w ould need to reinterpret its elements to focus specifically on–

* Combating the asymmetric threat.

* Defeating transnational terrorism.

* Providing intelligence suppport to Homeland Security.

In order to accomplish this, I directed publication of a second edition of the AI-TCP, which is now in progress. The AIMP Directorate is hard at work on that product as I write this article in early January 2002.

The Army Intelligence Vision and AITCP language are in wide use by Army Intelligence senior leaders. They represent and reflect the revolutionary changes occurring at every level of Army Intelligence. The Visison and Plan bind together the Army Intelligence action centers, as their individual activities become understandable as separate parts of a broader tapestry. At the direction of the DCSINT, the direction of the AIMP Directorate has constructed an internally consistent and cohesive strategic communications plan to get the word out. You can expect to see our articles regularly in any number of professional military publications in addition to the Military intelligence Profession Bulletin. However, I cannot emphasize strongly enough that what we need more than anything else is feedback from the field. We want to know what you think. Please take the time to tell us. Send us an E-mail, call if you can, and if you are in the Washington, D.C. area, set aside time to exchange ideas with us in person. The Army Intelligence vision belongs to the men and women of the Army Intelligence team. Our vision is strong because the team is strong. With your help we can improve our product and make it more meaningful to you out on the intellectual and physical front lines.

Army intelligence is transforming in support of Army Transformation with a clear focus on the Objective Force requirements. The AI-TCP lays out both a vision for transformed Army Intelligence and an action plan methodology to achieve that vision. In the future, I will lay out how the Army Intelligence vision fits current operations in support of the War on Transnational Terrorism and of Homeland Security.

I will also address the developing responsibilities and challenges associated with ISR synchronization. In the meantime, if you would like to send me your thoughts or engage the AIMP in substantive discussions on the future of Army Intelligence, drop us an Internet E-mail at and visit the AIMP Website on SIPRNET (http:// aimp.dami, I look for ward to hearing from you.

RELATED ARTICLE: OMPF Online Expands To Include All Records By June

Army News Service, by Staff Sergeant Marcia Triggs, 31 January 2002

Captains and staff sergeants under consideration for promotion this spring and summer will soon be able to review their Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) online. OMPE Online, which kicked off in November for sergeants first class, is expanding to serve more of the force. Captains considered for promotion will be able to look at their records online beginning 1 February 2002, and staff sergeants considered by the June board will be able to look at their records online beginning 1 March. The goal is for the entire Army to be able to view military records online by June 2002.

In the past three months, OMPE Online has already proven to be a cost-savings initiative for the Army. ‘About 10 percent of the 20,000 sergeants first class that reviewed their records online opted not to request their microfiche,” according to Colonel Howard Olsen, the Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center (EREC) Commander. “It costs about $1.40 to produce a microfiche, so just multiply that by 2,000.” EREC’s goal by fiscal year 2003 is to eliminate the need for soldiers to request microfiche, which will save the Army an enormous amount of money annually.

Mr. Keith Masback is a Senior Intelligence Professional serving as Director, Army Intelligence Master Plan (A IMP), Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intel ligence (ODCSINT). During his active Army service, Mr. Masback was an Infantry officer with the Berlin Brigade, transitioned to the Military Intelligence Branch, and then served with the XVIII Airborne Corps. He served in the HQDA ODCSINT Initiatives Group and as the Military Assistant to the DCSINT. In his final position as an active duty officer, he managed requirements and resourcing for the Army’s Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) Program. Most recently, Mr. Masback served as the Deputy Director of the Director’s Initiatives Group at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and has completed the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College. Readers can reach Mr. Masback via E-mail at and by telephone at 703-824-4003.

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