ASAS Master Analyst Program
Sly Fox Den ASI 1F Notes
by Sergeant First Class Kristine M. Sleighter
he mission of the U.S. Army Reserves is to complement the Active Component (AC). In the intelligence community, this ranges from an entire Reserve Component (RC) unit augmenting a major command to an individual working on temporary duty in such places as Bosnia, Kuwait, and Korea. In todays force projection Army, such a tasking could come at any time.
What level of All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) proficiency can you expect from an RC 96B (Intelligence Analyst) or 98C (Signals Intelligence Analyst) soldier? The goal for ASAS training programs is to facilitate mission trainingnot ASAS training. When Reservists augment the active force, the gaining command should not have to implement intense ASAS training to prepare for operations.
The RC faces two significant challenges regarding ASAS: personnel and training. Personnel assigned to a reserve organization tend to have longevity, providing unit stability. This obviously is beneficial to the organization. If the opposite were true, the unit could face resistance to learning or refreshing ASAS skills. Training issues for the RC include the normal uncertainties the AC faces. Once soldiers complete initial entry training, what is their proficiency level on ASAS? When a soldier states, I know ASAS, does that translate to total proficiency? What type of sustainment training is available? In the AC, we have a difficult time squeezing in ASAS training during an entire month. Imagine only having two days each month (plus an additional two weeks for annual training) to accomplish everything. Also, remember how perishable ASAS skills are. These skills are not the types that one never forgets once they are learned.
Part of the 1F mission is to assist in facilitating ASAS support for the RC. We currently have one Sly Fox position, filled by Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Cuneo, with the Southeastern Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center (ARISC) in Fort Gillem, Georgia. CW4 Cuneo
Their system connects to both Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) and Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET), attempting to facilitate the most realistic training possible. The other four ARISCs, each equipped with ASAS Remote Workstations (RWSs), are at Fort Dix, New Jersey (Northeast ARISC); Fort Sheridan, Illinois (Northcentral ARISC); Camp Bullis, Texas (Southwest ARISC); and Camp Parks, California (Western ARISC). The Northcentral ARISC has taken the lead in communicationsthe Achilles heel in RWS field operationsto include increasing the normal tactical capacity. Camp Bullis is expanding their number of RWS workstations while Camp Parks is attempting innovative ideas such as holding a regional workshop in its facility. The dedication of each ARISC is to the integration and the training necessary to make ASAS an integral part of their intelligence mission.
The U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG) has 15 enhanced brigades, each with 2 RWSs. These RWSs form the core of automating the separate brigade analysis and control element (ACE). The current trend is that the RWS will interface with Warlord Notebooks and personal computers loaded with Terrabase or Windows Cartographic Analyst Tool Set (WINCATS) terrain packages. Although makeshift in concept, it has allowed automated interface between staff elements and between the brigade and subordinate battalions.
The Reserve Component is working to integrate ASAS training throughout the force. Part of Reserve units ASAS training plan should include integration into the Active unit they are supporting. The 1F in each ACE can identify the proficiency level required for each ASAS operator, and create a plan to facilitate the training. Active units knowing which reserve organizations are augmenting them should have a cooperative training strategy, which will facilitate minimum ASAS training at the gaining unit. Innovative training strategies-such as reserve soldiers reporting to an ARICS for ASAS training while TDY enroute to the gaining command-would afford that gaining organization more time to conduct mission training versus ASAS training. REDTRAIN (Readiness Training) opportunities also provide each command with training options.
With limited options and resources, ASAS sustainment training should be individually tailored (by soldier or unit), tightly focused (based on mission requirements), and coordinated between the Reserve and Active components. Command support is critical for innovative ASAS training, ultimately providing the total force with ASAS-proficient operators prepared to do the mission.
Special thanks to CW4 Michael A. Cuneo for input to this article. He is the 1F at the Southeastern ARISC.
Sergeant First Class Kris Sleighter is the Chief, ASAS Master Analyst Branch, in the Directorate of Continuous Learning. She has previously served as Chief, Intelligence Section, U.S. Army Europe Battlefield Coordination Element at Ramstein Airbase, Germany. She is a graduate of the ASAS Master Analyst Course and the Theater- level Collection Manager and Intelligence Analyst Course. She is in her third year studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in a Business/Information Systems Program. Readers can contact her via E-mail at [email protected] and by telephone at (520) 533-4652 or DSN 821-4652.