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FM 34-36: Special Operations Forces Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations


Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) need timely and accurate intelligence and information to-

  • Plan missions.

  • Protect the command.

  • Secure the element of surprise.

  • Identify and develop targets.

  • Protect friendly command, control, and communications (C3).

This is done across the operational continuum of peacetime competition, conflict, and war.

This manual focuses on the missions and functions of intelligence elements and organizations which provide intelligence and electronic warfare (IEW) support to ARSOF organizations. It provides doctrine for special operations forces (SOF) IEW operations, including military intelligence (MI) organizations, missions, functions, and capabilities from support operations team-A (SOT-A) and S2 section levels to SOF and the senior intelligence officer (SIO) at the joint level. It shows how these IEW assets meet ARSOF operational needs within the established IEW system. It also lays out some "how to" techniques and procedures required to conduct IEW operations within the framework of the intelligence cycle.

This manual expands upon the doctrine in FM 34-1 and FM 100-25. This doctrine is written specifically for SOF S2s, military intelligence (MI) commanders, and other assigned MI personnel, and the elements which support them. It also includes SOF commanders and their staffs. The doctrine reflects current Army SOF IEW capabilities.

Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.

The proponent of this publication is US Army Intelligence Center. Send comments and recommendations on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Commander, US Army Intelligence Center, ATTN: ATSI-TDL-D, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613-6000.

This manual does not implement any International Standardization Agreements (ISAs). It complies with standardization Agreements (STANAGs) 2033, 2044, and 2084; and with Quadripartite Standardization Agreements (QSTAGs) 170, 523, and 528.

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