National Intelligence Seminar

U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard flag officers and colonels tapped for stars learned about the broad brush of intelligence over three days

By Brig. Gen. Al Gilley

     "It was one of the best seminars that I have attended." "I didn’t have a clue as to what our MI soldiers really did prior to this seminar." "I’m glad I changed my plans at the last moment and decided to come — it was worth it."

     These are comments made by three of the 42 Reserve Component general officers who attended the fifth annual General Officer National Intelligence Seminar hosted by the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, headquarters, Department of the Army. The seminar is designed to introduce non-MI Army Reserves and Army National Guard general officers to the echelon above corps and national intelligence community.

     Attendance for the National Intelligence Seminar has grown from 17 attendees in 1995 to 39 attendees in 1996. This year, a waiting list remained after the first 42 attendees were selected to attend.

     This year, 31 Army National Guard and 11 U.S. Army Reserve general officers and colonels to-be-promoted, attended the three day seminar. The group included 14 commanders or deputy commanders of deployable TOE commands; three Adjutants General; one Regional Support Command commander; and nine Army major command, joint staff, or Army staff Reserve Component general officers.

     The seminar attendees were escorted by four senior military intelligence Reserve officers as they visited the intelligence community agencies in the Capitol region. Brig. Gen. (P) Michael Dunlavey, assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence for Reserves Affairs, Brig. Gen. Al Gilley, deputy commanding general (individual mobilization augmentee), INSCOM, Col. Jim Stewart, director, Reserves Affairs, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, and Col. Jay Lytle, Army National Guard senior intelligence officer, provided subject matter expertise to the group throughout the three days.

     The first day of the seminar began at the Pentagon with welcoming remarks from Mark Ewing, the assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence. The group also received a presentation from Defense Intelligence Agency’s Reserve Intelligence Integration Office.

     The next stop was at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Va. During the two-and-a-half hour bus ride to the Center, the general officers watched two videos: an Intelligence XXI and INSCOM Today.

     While visiting the National Ground Intelligence Center, the attendees learned about INSCOM and its subordinate units, which included the Center. They heard briefings and watched demonstrations from the Land Information Warfare Activity (information warfare operations), the 902nd MI Group (counterintelligence operations),the INSCOM Cryptologic Support Detachment (nation-tactical signals intelligence partnership) and the National Ground Intelligence Center. The presentations and round-robin equipment demonstrations displayed INSCOM as an intelligence command which provides relevant intelligence support from "national to mud."

     Attendees visited the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency on second day of the seminar. They learned of the intelligence support the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency provide to the warfighter and how both agencies use Reserve Component soldiers for support.

     Seminar attendees visited the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency on the final day. They gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the role and function of the agencies as key members of the intelligence community.

     This year’s National Intelligence Seminar received valuable assistance from Lt. Col. Edward M. McClure and Maj. Herb Engle. McClure, a North Carolina National Guard full-time staff member of the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, was the prime coordinator for the seminar. Engle, a U.S. Army Reserve member of the INSCOMstaff, worked closely with each of the visited units. The support provided by the protocol and Reserve Affairs offices of the visited agencies was key in making the seminar a valuable experience for the flag officers.

     The National Intelligence Seminar will be held again next year; future attendees are advised to apply early. Army Reserves or Army National Guard general officers or colonels to be promoted desiring to attend should call the Department of Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence Reserve affairs office, commercial (703) 695-0778/0777 or DSN 225-0778/0777.

     Brig. Gen. Al Gilley is the deputy commanding general (individual mobilization augmentee), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

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   Last Updated: July 02, 1997