Marine Special Operations Intelligence Battalion (MSOIB / MIB)
The mission of the Marine Special Operations Intelligence Battalion (MIB) is to train, sustain, maintain combat readiness, and provide intelligence support at all operational levels in order to support MARSOF training and operations worldwide with mission-specific intelligence capability.
The Marine Special Operations Intelligence Battalion (MIB) was officially activated at a ceremony on 18 May 2010 at US Marine Forces, Special Operation Command's (MARSOC) headquarters at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Previously, MARSOC's intelligence functions had been performed by the intelligence company of the Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOSG). The MIB was reorganized into a separate unit from the company in response to the ever-growing capabilities of MARSOC. The MIB remained assigned to the MSOSG. The MIB would produce the direct support teams, SOTF (Special Operations Task Force) enhancements, and other capabilities as needed by the commander of US Special Operations Command, and the Commander of MARSOC.
In November 2012, MARSOC expanded its logistics and combat support capabilities by replacing the relevant companies within the MSOSG with full battalions. The activation of Marine Special Operations Combat Support Battalion (MSOCSB) was also brings new advances to the command, particularly in the intelligence realm. A revision of MARSOC's former intelligence battalion (MSOIB), now equipped with a communications company and a headquarters company, MSOCSB was to capable of bringing every intelligence asset to the battlefield, providing another platform upon which MARSOC could operate independently. It was not immediately clear whether the MSOIB would be redesignated as the MSOCSB or whether the 2 units would remain separate and the MSOIB would inactivated.
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