Division XXI

Intelligence Operations

by Captain Erasmo A. Martinez

Division XXI will possess the most powerful and lethal capabilities the world has ever known. Commanders of the future will be able to call on the capabilities of weapons systems like the Comanche and Apache Longbow attack helicopters, the M1A2 main battle tank, and the Army Tactical Missile System and PALLADIN artillery systems. They will be able to better visualize the battlespace with systems such as the All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) for intelligence fusion, the Phoenix maneuver control system, and the Appliqu‚ battlefield visualization system. This article illustrates how the military intelligence (MI) battalion fits into Division XXI operations, and how the conduct of intelligence operations will support the Division XXI commander in achieving mission success.

Division XXI Operations Defined

According to the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet 525-71, Military Operations: Force XXI Division Operations Concept, six patterns of operations characterize Division XXI operations. These are
These operations are simultaneous, multidimensional, and nonlinear, conducted by a dispersed force integrated operationally and digitally to execute precise, decisive operations throughout the battlespace. The division must be able to conduct a variety of missions against a wide range of diverse and unpredictable threats, which may possess sophisticated and lethal capabilities. Division XXI will almost always conduct operations jointly and often in the context of a multinational force.
To mass the effects of these highly potent weapons systems and achieve decisive results, Division XXI commanders must have a number of capabilities. These include the ability to