How Can the U.S. Army Overcome Intelligence Sharing Challenges Between Conventional and Special Operations Forces? [open pdf - 148KB]
This monograph examines why intelligence sharing between U.S. Army conventional and special operations forces is more important than ever and identifies solutions designed to enhance conventional forces capabilities and facilitate greater intelligence sharing with special operations forces. This study addresses how U.S. Army conventional and special operations forces can overcome intelligence sharing challenges through improvements in equipment, training, and interoperability. First, this paper analyzes the current operational environment that dictates the requirement for conventional and special operations forces to transform to achieve success during military operations. Furthermore, this paper examines the current doctrinal framework that guides intelligence sharing and dissemination within the U.S. Army and identifies different approaches and areas of emphasis between overall U.S. Army doctrine, conventional doctrine, and specific special operations doctrine. Additionally, this paper reviews various theories that support the increased need and importance of sharing intelligence between U.S. Army conventional and special operations forces, and further identifies proposed methods to solve many of the challenges U.S. Army conventional and special operations forces encounter in intelligence sharing. This study also examines historical conflicts in Somalia, Kosovo and the most recent war in Afghanistan to illustrate how sharing intelligence directly impacts military operations. Lastly, this monograph provides possible recommendations and solutions addressing methods to improve intelligence sharing between conventional and special operations forces, through enhanced equipment, training, and interoperability.
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