Monday, April 30, 2012

New Army "Information Collection" Field Manual

Steven Aftergood's Secrecy News reports on (and helpfully posts a copy of) a new Army Field Manual, FM 3-55, dated April 23, 2012 entitled "Information Collection."  Aftergood notes:
An Army field manual published last week explains the Army's conduct of information collection activities in military operations.
"In this manual, the term 'information collection' is introduced as the Army's replacement for 'intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance' (also known as ISR)," the manual says.
"This publication clarifies how the Army plans, prepares, and executes information collection activities within or between echelons."
"As the Army fields new formations and equipment with inherent and organic information collection capabilities, it needs a doctrinal foundation to ensure their proper integration and use to maximize their capabilities."