Chapter III. Technology Transition
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


1. Introduction

Commanders require dynamic intelligence support, tailored to their specific mission requirements. Intelligence must be timely to enable them to make informed decisions for the simultaneous application of decisive combat power across the depth and breadth of their areas of responsibility. The key to their ability to apply focused and synchronized combat power is a seamless intelligence system of systems that enables them to utilize all of the capabilities of the intelligence community, including national agencies, theater assets, and organic capabilities to see the battlefield and accurately target high payoff enemy targets.

Intelligence (Intel) XXI is the Army Intelligence Vision supporting Force XXI, created to provide intelligence support to warfighters at all echelons, Joint and Ground Component Commanders, and coalition forces, across the continuum of 21st century military operations. This vision provides commanders with a knowledge-based, prediction-oriented, and operationally flexible intelligence system. Intel XXI is focused on intelligence support for the Force Projection Army in the Information Age of the 21st century.

The focus of Intel XXI is on the presentation of intelligence in a way that immediately conveys an understanding of the battlespace and the significance of the intelligence presented. Underlying the focus on presentation is an operationally flexible system executing an expanded intelligence cycle (present, manage, collect, process, and disseminate) in a more rapid and focused way to provide the commander what is needed, when it is needed, melded with his operational plan. The essence of intelligence is the ability to reduce uncertainty and provide an understanding of the battlefield through effective presentation. Intel XXI will enable us to leverage Information Age Technology to do exactly that.

Based upon doctrinal underpinnings, the Army conducted a Force Design Update for both the Active and Reserve component MI force structure. The objective was to create a seamless system of intelligence systems from national to maneuver battalion level. To meet the targeting challenges of the 21st Century, key information and a common view of the battlespace will be sent to all commanders immediately, emphasizing graphic rather than narrative reporting. This integrated battlefield will be visually portrayed throughout its width, depth, and height, with sensor input sufficiently accurate to permit precision targeting.

Counterintelligence (CI) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) are integral to IEW and contribute to the warfighters' ability to conduct operations by denying information to enemy weapon and information gathering systems, deceiving the enemy regarding the battlefield situation, and developing unprecedented environmental awareness and force protection predictability. Meeting the warfighters' demands for timely, accurate, and relevant targeting information requires a future intelligence architecture built upon these key modernization concepts. Our goal is:

The research, development, and fielding of this new generation of intelligence systems is a continuous process. The intelligence force capabilities provided by our modernization program give us a more balanced and capable force. Planned Systems/System Upgrades and Advanced Concepts (S/SU/ACs) will provide the operational capabilities that will ensure our spectrum supremacy and allow us to win the information war.