The Past Matters. “In many cases the most useful function a TFC analyst could perform for a tactical unit was not tell them was happening or going to happen, but what had happened two years before their rotation. In the COIN environment, the past matters.”
Mining Data about People. “Without question, more insurgents were kept off the streets through the integrated mining of the detainee tracker database, biometrics and census data than by kinetic actions alone.”
Proprietary is Bad News. Amen, brother! “…but much more needs to be done. Theater specific data formats, contractor controlled proprietary information management systems, and in some cases, unwillingness to adhere to reporting standards continues to plague this process.”
Intelligence Enablers are more than Worth their Weight in Fuel! “A large number of commanders in 2003 were exceedingly resistant to the idea of “wasting lift” on any intelligence enabler; that has changed.”
See LtCol Timothy Oliver’s article Marine Corps Intelligence Operations in Anbar: A Blueprint for Success in the Apr-2010 Marine Corps Gazette.