Changing to Meet
a Changing World

By Brig. Gen. John D. Thomas Jr.

     INSCOM provides significant, value-added support through a seamless intelligence architecture which links all levels of capability and serves as a smart bridge between corps and echelon above corps. INSCOM provides coordinated connectivity and target access, ensuring the entire force is target-smart and technically proficient. With these capabilities, INSCOM provides critical support for force projection by operational intelligence preparation of the battlefield. The architecture provides for split- based operations and tactically tailored, tiered deployment packages with unique capabilities.
     Under the modular, "A" Series TOE structure, INSCOM’s tactical tailoring allows for soldier teams with unique capabilities to be assigned more efficiently against a theater commander-in-chief’s requirements. About 95 percent of INSCOM’s force structure has been converted; the command expects to achieve full operational capability in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1998.
     Force packages are tiered and numbered to meet the expanding or contracting requirements of the theater. For example, a tier I package would be the first element designated to deploy and would consist of a number of teams with a variety of specifically needed skills. Each additional, tiered package expands the MI capabilities in theater according to the anticipated requirements.
"When you get one INSCOM soldier, you get the whole of INSCOM." The common team structure developed across the greater INSCOM organization allows the command to quickly lift and shift team assets to meet the needs of its brigade commanders and the theater commander-in-chief each brigade supports. This allows more efficient use of limited assets: the right skills are in the right place at the right time.
     This capability of flexible, dynamic intelligence support exists only in the U. S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Our INSCOM soldiers and civilians developed this premier capability through a lot of sweat, dedication and perseverance. They always find a way to get things done, to meet the need and carry the load when others might have given up. Our soldiers and civilians are our most important asset...the true "brains behind the outfit."
     This year marks 20 years of INSCOM premier capabilities and accomplishments. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command has evolved from its beginnings at Arlington Hall Station, Va., on Jan. 1, 1977. There have been changes in brigades, redesignations, consolidations, activations and deactivations during the last 20 years. Our most recent activation was the official opening of the Army Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center here at INSCOMheadquarters. As part of the Land Information Warfare Activity led by Col. Hal Stevens, the ACERT/CC detects, tracks and reports computer attacks against Army computer networks. Its story is in this issue of the INSCOMJournal.
     Our latest deactivation struck a sad note in all of us. On May 20, we conducted an inactivation ceremony for the 470th MI Brigade led by Col. Ron Burgess. A forward based detachment of 69 soldiers from Company D, 202d MI Battalion, 513th MI Brigade, will assume the mission of the 470th at Fort Clayton, Panama, upon its official inactivation date of July 15.

                    Brig. Gen. John D. Thomas Jr.
                    Commander, INSCOM


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   Last Updated: May 29, 1997