Fighting Insurgents--No Shortcuts to Success [NOOK Book]

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For the last 3 decades, the Army, the Defense Department, and the CIA have
emphasized the high tech aspects of intelligence, sophisticated electronic collection equipment, and multibillion dollar space surveillance programs. Even at the tactical level, Army intelligence personnel are trained primarily to employ a variety of high tech collection means including UAVs, sensors and ground radars. This approach to intelligence collection was appropriate when the intelligence ...
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Fighting Insurgents--No Shortcuts to Success

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Overview

For the last 3 decades, the Army, the Defense Department, and the CIA have
emphasized the high tech aspects of intelligence, sophisticated electronic collection equipment, and multibillion dollar space surveillance programs. Even at the tactical level, Army intelligence personnel are trained primarily to employ a variety of high tech collection means including UAVs, sensors and ground radars. This approach to intelligence collection was appropriate when the intelligence priorities were geared to counting Soviet missile systems or defending the Fulda Gap against a massive Soviet tank attack. In the meantime, old-fashioned human intelligence (HUMINT) was downplayed and largely ignored in our military culture. When faced with masses of enemy tanks and guns on the battlefield, the object is to find the enemy equipment and develop targeting information for Army and Air Force targeteers. In the big conventional war,developing intelligence about the personality of the enemy commander or the enemy troop morale from prisoner interrogation might be interesting, but certainly not especially useful to the senior combat commander in the midst of battle.
However, our low priority function of human intelligence is, according to every
counterinsurgency theorist, the key to fighting and winning a counterinsurgency
campaign. Human intelligence is very much an art, not a science. Moreover, it is a very inexact art that requires a methodical approach to building up data bases, establishing relationships, and understanding enemy psychology. The intelligence picture of the insurgents is built largely on information provided by unreliable sources and partial data combined with the analyst’s intuition
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013193901
  • Publisher: Anthony Hall
  • Publication date: 7/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 263 KB

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