Take these proven ideas and tailor them to your unit. You can benefit from the efficiency, effectiveness and job performance practices of others.
By Jo Ann Mettille
Several INSCOM organizations have taken initiatives and accomplished their missions more efficiently with less resources in recent years. As INSCOM evolves into a leaner, meaner intelligence force, we will continue to share good ideas which could be used in other units. By tailoring these initiatives to fit your needs, your unit can show reduced cycle time; save money, time and personnel; improved accuracy and increased service to the warfighter.
Initial Operational Test
INSCOM's first true echelons above corps operational test, conducted in May 1994 resulted in a significant cost savings to the government. The cost savings (over $300K) came initially from INSCOM performing the test and by reallocating funds based upon test results originally earmarked for future system development. The de-scoping of the projects, along with a re-defining of the system's utility for battlefield use were direct results of the Army High Frequency Electronic-Warfare System (AHFEWS) initial operational test. The dissemination of AHFEWS warfighter data was also examined. As a result of the initial operational test, procedures to improve data distribution and communications utility were implemented by the 513th MI Brigade. (For more information, contact Ted Sands, DSN 235-2129.)
System Evaluation & Functional Assessment Review
In 1992, over $600K was saved at the former Field Station Kunia. This was a result of the INSCOM assessment team's recommendation against adding SUN workstations to an already overloaded server system which would not provide the access and utility indicated by the developer. (For more information, contact Ted Sands, DSN 235-2129.)
500th MI Brigade
A significant organizational change occurred Sept. 29, 1995, when the 500th MI Brigade established the MI Battalion (Provisional), based at Camp Zama, Japan. This change streamlined command and control and provided the necessary infrastructure for the Japan-based units in anticipation of the activation of the 5XX Projection Brigade-West. All manning and equipment requirements for establishing the battalion staff were filled with internal resources to the brigade. Company A was established combining interrogation soldiers previously subordinate to the Counterintelligence Detachment and the Asian Studies Detachment. The Counterintelligence Detachment was redesignated Company B, a pure Counterintelligence Detachment. The 750th MI Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, which remained unchanged, were resubordinated under the battalion.
205th MI Battalion (Operations)
The Army Control Element streamlined its organization by eliminating administrative and support elements and incorporating the personnel freed up into intelligence analysis elements.
In April 1995, the element acquired the Mini-DISE System, which provides a rapidly deployable intelligence communications and processing capability for the warfighter. This capability was demonstrated and applauded by all participants during the Pacific Command exercise TEMPO BRAVE 95.
Increased efficiency of operations and communications resulted from installing a local area network (LAN) in the 205th MI Battalion, the 500th Brigade Headquarters and the MI Battalion (Provisional) in Japan. Direct connectivity now exists among the 205th, the brigade headquarters and other elements in Japan. Elements waiting for direct connectivity can access the Brigade LAN by remote.
More rapid uploading and increased transmission capability of secondary imagery to the warfighter throughout the Pacific Command made possible by the planned upgrade of the FORSCOM Automated Intelligence Support System at Company C, 205th MI Battalion. In a related initiative, plans to move the SUCCESS radio from the remote site at Makalaya, Pearl Harbor, to Hanger 3, Hickam Air Force Base, will increase efficiency of operations by collocating the radio with the FORSCOM Automated Intelligence Support System and permit Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) training at C Company's location. (For more information, contact T. Jones, DSN 263-3462)
Elimination of Hire Freeze Board
In December 1996, INSCOMHeadquarters streamlined itsreview of certain personnel actions which expedite the fill of INSCOMpositions. A process action team reviewed the process for filling civilian vacancies and determined streamlining of the accessions and high grade review process should be done to expedite hiring for civilian vacancies.
As a result, GS-13 and below actions no longer require prior review by headquarters. Instead, a copy of the recruit/fill request for personnel action (SF-52) is forwarded to headquarters at the time the request is sent to the service Civilian Personnel Office/Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. Requests to recruit/fill existing (classified) GS-14/15 positions require a copy of the SF-52 and applicable job description be sent to HeadquartersINSCOM concurrent with submission of the request to the servicing Civilian Personnel Office/Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.
Only requests to establish and fill new or significantly changed GS-14/15 positions require headquartersapproval to fill prior to submission to servicing Civilian Personnel Office/Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. This ensures compliance with a GS-14/15 senior position cap, permit command career program managers to meet their functional Equal Employment Opportunityresponsibilities, and give visibility to INSCOM vacancies from which to match potentially surplus INSCOMcivilians.
(For more information, contact Madelyn Windmiller, DSN 235-1393, or Linda Ward, DSN 235-1219)
Reserve Personnel Skills Database
The Intelligence Directorate of Reserve Affairs initiated the development of a reserve personnel skills database on Individual Mobilization Augmentees. INSCOM has 550 reservists assigned to the command. Reserve Affairs has designed a relational database to record the reserve soldier's military and civilian personnel data. In addition, the directorate's experts have designed screen forms to electronically handle the request for orders (DA Form 2446) and record active duty time (DA Form 1380).
This initiative saves time and manual processing of the individual requests for orders. It permits greater visibility of the Reserve Component capabilities assigned to INSCOM. The eventual goal of Reserve Affairs is to implement a skill's database which captures the capabilities and expertise of the reservists in both their military and civilian capacities. This will enable to command to better integrate reserve support as required. (For more information, contact Lt. Col. Warren Snyder, DSN 235-1330)
Got a Better Idea?
If you or your unit have success stories of your own, please share it with us. If you take one of these ideas and tailor it to your unit, send us your improvement to share with others. Send your better ideas to Commander, INSCOM, ATTN: IARM, 88225 Beulah Street, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5246.
Jo Ann Mettille is the Chief, Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management at INSCOM headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Va. She is also the INSCOM point of contact for National Performance Review initiatives on reinventing government.
Last Updated: January 23, 1997