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FM 2-0 is the Army's keystone manual for military intelligence (MI) doctrine. It describes—

  • The fundamentals of intelligence operations.
  • The operational environment (OE).
  • Intelligence in unified action.
  • The Intelligence Battlefield Operating System (BOS).
  • Intelligence considerations in strategic readiness.
  • The intelligence process.
  • MI roles and functions within the context of Army operations.

This manual conforms to the overarching doctrinal precepts presented in FM 3-0.

This manual provides doctrinal guidance for the Intelligence BOS actions in support of commanders and staffs. It also serves as a reference for personnel who are developing doctrine; tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP); materiel and force structure; and institutional and unit training for intelligence operations.

This manual provides MI guidance for all commanders, staffs, trainers, and MI personnel at all echelons. It forms the foundation for MI and the Intelligence BOS doctrine development, and applies equally to the Active Component (AC), United States Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG). It is also intended for commanders and staffs of joint and combined commands, US Naval and Marine Forces, units of the US Air Force, and the military forces of multinational partners.

Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command is the proponent for this publication. The preparing agency is the US Army Intelligence Center and School. Send written comments and recommendations on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to: Commander, ATZS-FDT-D (FM 2-0), 550 Cibeque Street, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613-7017. Send comments and recommendations by e-mail to Follow the DA Form 2028 format or submit an electronic DA Form 2028.

Unless otherwise stated, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.

This manual contains Army tactical task (ART) description taken verbatim from the Army Universal Task List (AUTL). ART task descriptions are followed by a reference to FM 7-15 in parentheses and the ART number; for example (See FM 7-15, ART 5.1.1.).


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