TITLE

Precision targeting and the industrialisation of the Intelligence Cycle on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan

AUTHOR(S)
Ford, Matthew
PUB. DATE
January 2013
SOURCE
Inteligencia y Seguridad: Revista de Análisis y Prospectiva;ene-jun2013, Vol. 2013 Issue 13, p221
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores the intelligence-gathering, assessment and target identification processes and methods used on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specifically the focus is on the pioneering efforts of General Stanley McChrystal who, whilst commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Iraq, sought the reorganisation of the intelligence-gathering, analysis and distribution cycle into Fusion Cells so as to map insurgent networks quickly and preferably in real time. Pioneered in Baghdad and subsequently applied in Afghanistan, the speed at which data was processed and turned into actionable intelligence made it possible to launch several special forces raids on insurgents on a nightly basis. This increase in operational tempo, helped JSOC defeat insurgent networks before they might organise themselves to make an attack. This article develops this theme further and asks how the claims made about the success of JSOC relate to the wider ambitions embodied in a counterinsurgency campaign where the goal is to develop political solutions to intractable conflicts.
ACCESSION #
88424907

 

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