Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Army Intel Failure.....

This is just a crying shame. Captain's Journal reports:

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. recently testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that there were three intelligence reports indicating Taliban forces were preparing to attack a remote U.S. combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan, according to defense officials

...About 100 Taliban fighters carried out the attack on the outpost near the town of Kamdesh on Oct. 3 in what U.S. Army spokesmen said was a surprise strike that left eight U.S. soldiers dead.

Gen. Burgess explained in testimony to the committee that the military had three intelligence reports on the issue, but that the reports were among many human-source reports that had not been verified by other means, such as electronic intelligence. As a result, the reporting was not deemed “actionable” intelligence, said defense officials familiar with the testimony. --Gertz, WaTimes

This failure is part of a larger problem in defense intelligence. The problem is both significant and consequential. It is significant in that it points to a systemic problem, and consequential in that the affects range from denying the presence of a Taliban offensive to the deaths of nine Soldiers at Wanat and eight at Kamdesh.

The point is granted that this administration is at war with the CIA. But issues at the tactical level, e.g., Taliban massing of forces, imminent attacks, etc., must be acted upon without reference to certainty. Intelligence is meant to be shared, and if further verification and validation is needed, the proper assets must be deployed to address the need.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trust the government to keep America safe by whatever means necessary because it's competent in this area, but don't trust the government to regulate business, provide for social welfare programs, etc. because it's incompetent in those areas. Got it!

"Whatever an individual decides concerning the issue of specific procedures, I still believe that far too many people now know far too much about U.S. black operations." Damn that Constitution!