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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Observations on Multi-INT Exploitation #hex12

Lt. Gen. Mike Maples U.S. Army (Ret), a former director U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and now Chairman of Intergraph Government Solutions provided a compelling presentation on ways to enhance multifaceted intelligence exploitation or Multi-INT at the Hexagon 2012 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The National Intelligence Council looked at trends in the world and a number of things fell out of that that are important because they direct where defense and intelligence are going," said Maples. [We are an] interconnected world that is competing for resources; this presents the possibility of conflict in the world if we don't deal with it in the right kind of way."

Maples also said that we, in the U.S, are in a period of defense transition. He said the U.S. has been involved in conflicts where  the focus was counterterrorism and counter-insurgency. He said that we are emerging from that and it's important now to assess where we need to be in the next five years and where do we use our military forces.  "It's going on in the militaries around the world; not just U.S.," said Maples.

Maples emphasized that the economy is having a huge impact on what will be the most effective defense capabilities given limited resources. "Partnerships and cooperation are absolutely necessary to mitigate crises so that they don't lead to conflict," he said.

Maples said that these changes will necessitate that our armed forces must be better informed before deployment. "We must have forces that see first, act first and be decisive when it comes to crisis; [we must] achieve overmatch in whatever engagement in which they are involved," he said. And to do this requires precise knowledge of the location of weapons systems before boots hit the ground. "We must have the right intelligence and knowledge to train soldiers and have them achieve initial success upon arrival in whatever domains in which they are deployed," said Maples.

Lt. Gen. Mike Maples U.S. Army (Ret), a former director U.S.  Defense Intelligence Agency and now Chairman of Intergraph Government Solutions provided a compelling presentation on ways to enhance multifaceted intelligence exploitation or Multi-INT.

"The National Intelligence Council looked at trends in the world and a number of things fell out of that that are important because they direct where defense and intelligence are going," said Maples. [We are an] interconnected world that is competing for resources; this presents the possibility of conflict in the world if we don't deal with it in the right kind of way."

Maples also said that we, in the U.S, are in a period of defense transition. He said the U.S. has been involved in conflicts where  the focus was counterterrorism and counter-insurgency. He said that we are emerging from that and it's important now to assess where we need to be in the next five years and where do we use our military forces.  "It's going on in the militaries around the world; not just U.S.," said Maples.

Maples emphasized that the economy is having a huge impact on what will be the most effective defense capabilities given limited resources. "Partnerships and cooperation are absolutely necessary to mitigate crises so that they don't lead to conflict," he said.

Maples said that these changes will necessitate that our armed forces must be better informed before deployment. "We must have forces that see first, act first and be decisive when it comes to crisis; [we must] achieve overmatch in whatever engagement in which they are involved," he said. And to do this requires precise knowledge of the location of weapons systems before boots hit the ground. "We must have the right intelligence and knowledge to train soldiers and have them achieve initial success upon arrival in whatever domains in which they are deployed," said Maples.

Maples listed a number of challenges for defense agencies:

  • Volume of data
  • Social media
  • Cyber threats and the need to be forewarned of a cyber attack

Finally, Maples discussed how to "enabling the tip of the spear", that is giving the warfighter the advantage. "To the army the iPhone is an 'end user device' that enables the warfighter to push and receive information ... think how it could enable the mobile user with critical and timely information as well as provide information [to others]. It really does make the solider a sensor," said Maples.
 

by Joe Francica on 06/05 at 06:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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