Essential Function 7 - Intel
Books on Afghanistan
Note: EF 7 Intelligence is now known as Advising Functional Area Intelligence as of early 2018.
Essential Function 7 - Intelligence
"EF 7 is concerned with the development of sufficient intelligence capabilities and processes. The Afghan Intelligence Enterprise is making strides in areas of intelligence collection, processing, and analyzing as well as planning, integrating, producing, and disseminating.
Despite the progress, several challenges remain; the enduring effort will emphasize new capability integration, training self-sufficiency. Moreover, while the current system is analog - relying heavily on paper products and personal contact - EF 7 will prioritize system digitalization." 1.
"The seventh Essential Function (EF 7) of Resolute Support is to provide training, advice, and assistance to Afghan intelligence organizations. The goal of this effort is to ensure Afghan security forces use intelligence effectively. Resolute Support intelligence advisors work at the national and regional level to mature Afghan intelligence capabilities. Additionally, Advisors work with the intelligence schools of the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army to develop a cadre of instructors so they can train future intelligence personnel. Advisors also work with analysts to prepare estimates in support of military plans and strategies. These efforts are expanding Afghan intelligence networks on a daily basis. Through this hard work, Afghan intelligence organizations will soon have the capacity and confidence to defeat threats to national sovereignty and deny safe havens to foreign insurgents". 2.
Intelligence advisors are working with a host of units and organizations to include the Directorate of Police Intelligence (DPI), National Directorate of Security (NDS), various Afghan National Army (ANA) intelligence units and schools, the National Military Intelligence Center (NMIC), and the MoIs biometric labs (see AABIS) and forensics laboratories. In addition, the intelligence advisors work closely with the MoD and MoI as well as the ANA and ANP for the proper use of the National Information Management System (NIMS). In 2014 intelligence advisors assisted in the fielding of the Wolfhound system to the ANA MI kandaks along with training. In addition, Air Force advisors with TAAC Air are assisting the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) with refining their ISR capabilities. Special operators from NSOCC-A / SOJTF-A work with intelligence sections of the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) of the MoI. EF 7 advisors also work with the National Target Exploitation Center (NTEC) and the MoI's biometrics department in the use of the Afghan Automated Biometrics Information System (AABIS).
Intelligence Support to Counterinsurgency in
Drones and UAVs of Afghan War
F3EAD - Find, Fix, Exploit, Analyze, and
Attack the Network
Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX)
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
Ministry Advisors in Afghanistan
February 2015. NATO Video on EF 7 - Day 2
February 2015. NATO Video on EF 7 - Day 1
"Afghanistan's intelligence personnel are highly trained and experienced using intelligence information to defend the . . ."
Yep. He really says that in the video. How we
delude ourselves on our way to declaring victory. During his visits to the
ANA corps MI kandaks and brigade S2 sections he formed a much different
perspective than the perspective I have formed in my many visits over the
past several years. Let's not even discuss
the Intel capabilities of the OCC-Rs, OCC-Ps, and provincial or district
police HQs. February 2015.
Cooper, Noah B.,
"Will the Army's New Advisory Brigades Get Manning and Intel Right",
Maisel, Adam, The Advisor's Dilemma: Endemic
Challenges and Unrealized Opportunties in the Training Mission in
Afghanistan, Modern War Institute, May 17, 2017. A former
intelligence advisor to the Afghan Army provides recommendations for the
advisory mission in Afghanistan.
Walters, MG Robert, and COL Loren Traugutt, "The
State of Afghanistan's Intelligence Enterprise", Military Review,
May-June 2017. The RS HQs DCoS INT office has published this 8-page update
on the Afghan Intel structure and its current capabilities.
1. Text in this paragraph is taken from the RS
Security Force Assistance Guide 3.0, International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF), July 1, 2014, page 13.
2. This quote on EF 7 is take from a Resolute
Support Headquarters news release entitled "RSM Essential Function 7:
Intelligence", RS News, February 26, 2015.
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