PART A - COLLECTION MANAGEMENT
IPB can provide the basis for collection, reconnaissance, and surveillance
operations. The commander's concept of the mission and decision support templates
suggest intelligence requirements. Event templates guide the collection
coordinator on where and when to look for the enemy and what enemy activities to
look for. They also give clues concerning optimum sensor mix. The weather and
terrain data bases guide the collection coordinator in the deployment of sensors to
enhance their capabilities to see the enemy.
Collection management is the formulating of detailed collection requirements and
management is to use available resources to answer the commander's PIR/IR.
G2/S2 is the principal collection manager assisted by collection managers in
collection management and dissemination (CM&D) section. Collection managers in
CM&D section receive approved PIR/IR from the G2. Based on guidance from the
they plan how to satisfy each requirement. Specifically they--
intelligence resources, reflects established priorities, and detects enemy
* Identify and task collection units or agencies.
* Maintain a
* Evaluate requirement
PART E - COLECTION PLAN
The collection plan is a dynamic tool used to coordinate and integrate the efforts
of all collection units and agencies. Since the collection effort involves
continuous planning, an entirely new collection plan is seldom prepared except when
a unit first enters combat or a new operation phase. The collection plan is
continuously revised, as required.
Because IR are more complex at higher echelons, the collection plan is normally
more extensive and formal at these levels. However, at any echelon, collection
planning is essentially a mental process and the written collection plan is merely
an aid. It is not a substitute for thinking and is maintained to assist in
planning and supervising the collection effort and maintaining continuity between
shifts in the TOC.