Thomas F. Ranieri, who graduated from IWP in 2010 with a Masters in Statecraft and National Security, recently wrote an article entitled “Adapting U.S. Military Intelligence to Network Warfare” in the American Intelligence Journal, a publication of the National Military Intelligence Association.
An excerpt of the article appears below, and the rest of the article can be obtained through the National Military Intelligence Association, www.nmia.org.
Everything has changed. The invention of the Internet and the electronic network, along with a thousand other technological and scientific advances, has fundamentally transformed the way that human society functions. Those nations which have adapted to technological progress, such as the United States, are the pinnacles of civilization, and enjoy more prosperity, efficiency, comfort, and power than the majority of the world. Just as civilian lives have been improved by technology, conventional military forces have also become more capable and deadly. Yet, as the U.S. experience in Afghanistan and Iraq has shown, there are people who can challenge such leviathans without drones, tanks, or any other cutting edge technology. The problems involved with fighting an insurgent or terrorist network indicate the shape of warfare to come. The strategies utilized by these groups are revolutionary.
A new breed of warfare requires new strategies and tactics. One of the most vital steps to a new approach toward warfare must be a reformation of the U.S. military intelligence paradigm. Military intelligence must adopt a ground-level, decentralized approach, which emphasizes seamless integration into all military action and takes a full spectrum approach to intelligence gathering and dissemination.