ASAS Master Analyst Program

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Counterintelligence Force Protection

by Staff Sergeant Anthony M. Garcia

The mission and scope of the Army’s counterintelligence (CI) branch continues to expand the capabilities of the All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) Remote Workstation (RWS) to  provide the analyst with the tools to accommodate the changes. Today’s CI is no longer focused on a single enemy or type of adversary, let alone a specific mission. To accommodate this, analysts need rapid, easily accessible database systems with global communications capabilities. The RWS answers this need.

Experience with CI and human intelligence (HUMINT) missions, such as “Blackbird,”1 have proven the utility and need for relational databases. Using the RWS would greatly enhance the effectiveness and speed of quality CI force protection (abbreviated as FP in this article) products as a whole. Analysts can easily produce FP information reports (FPIRs), contact reports (CRs), and intelligence information reports (IIRs) either using the Freetext Tool or created in common-use data tables. The create table function on the RWS allows the analyst to tailor the data tables to any mission. Analysts can then disseminate these tables to all other CI FP elements in theater. They can use the tables as a standard, or at least a template for normalization.

The RWS home page and the NetscapeŽ browser functions further expedite the dissemination of tactically useful information. Every type of CI FP report is available to all levels simultaneously, as opposed to trickling through several echelons of cutting and pasting until the consumer finally receives the product. Not only does this expedite the reporting process but also it also further facilitates the information flow between CI FP teams operating in the same region.

The ASAS Master Analyst Program (AMAP) Branch is striving to improve the integration of CI FP and HUMINT reporting with the RWS and the ASAS Master Analyst Course (AMAC). Once completed and tested, the data tables will be available to any interested ASAS RWS consumer. The tables will include, but are not limited to:  personalities, significant events, important organizations, SALUTE (size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment) reports, and various free-text template forms. Photographs and other images can also create a more rounded CI FP picture. Once implemented, the capabilities are limitless as both the Theater Rapid Response Intelligence Package (TRRIP) and the follow-on Counterintelligence HUMINT Automated Tool Set (CHATS) can communicate with the RWS, and the operator can further disseminate information to the analysis control element (ACE).

Congratulations to SSG Shandella Vaughan for her selection as the I Corps Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year. She has been an ASAS Master Analyst for nearly one year.

Endnote

1. The “Blackbird” mission was the compilation of collected information of CI FP interest into final intelligence products focusing on the Bosnia region and the maintaining of the largest CI FP database in existence. The section produced IIRs, organization capability assessments, regional threat assessments, and answered requests for information (RFI).

Staff Sergeant Tony Garcia is currently the ASAS RWS instructor with the ASAS Master Analyst Branch. He helped create the “Blackbird” section and served as the Mission NCO in Charge. He also served as the Contingency Operations Force Protection Desk Officer with the 18th MI Battalion, and was instrumental in the foundation of the original Contingency Operations Course. Readers can contact him via E-mail at garcia@huachuca-simcenter.army.mil or amg01@hotmail.com and by telephone at (520) 533-4607/1963 or DSN 821-4607/1963.

Sergeant First Class Kristine M. Sleighter is the current Chief of the AMAP. For more information, contact AMAP via E-mail at amap@huachuca-emh1.army.mil, telephonically at (520) 533-4652 or DSN 821-4652, and through the AMAP web page at http://138.27.202.66.