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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT


VIGNETTE

Due to the amount of reports generated by the local populace, maneuver elements found that they were quickly overwhelmed by battlefield reporting. From D to D + 10, battlefield reports were so numerous that most units were only able to look at each report once. At times, this led to improper evaluations and prioritization of information which may have delayed operations and/or presented a skewed view of the battlefield.

KEY POINTS

Unit S2s must conduct a thorough review and prioritization of each piece of information. Commanders must develop command post exercise (CPX) scenarios that tax the reporting system to allow realistic exercise play. Make unit SOPs explicit in reporting requirements and formats; adherence to these directives will help keep reporting nets open. Subordinate commands must also stay appraised of the first echelon collection, management, and dissemination (CM& plan.

LESSONS LEARNED

  • Information overload on the operations and intelligence net may occur quickly. Unit S2s must screen and prioritize incoming information. Attach time limits to even high-priority information which will expire after a certain point.

  • A periodic review and re-prioritization of battlefield information ensures that only pertinent data is acted on. As time permits, secondary information must be reviewed.

  • Subordinate elements must understand the priority intelligence requirements and intelligence requirements, and be updated when friendly units operate within their area of operations (AO). This will deconflict reporting and negate duplicative traffic.

Table of Contents, Volume III
Handling Detainees
Lessons Learned - Intelligence: Human Intelligence (HUMINT)



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