Interviews are best conducted by two team members. Facts to be recorded during or soon after the interview
Identification and purpose of the interview.
Description of the position occupied by the person being interviewed.
Details of how, when, where, and exactly what tasks the individual performs, with a view toward
determining what information he receives, handles, or generates, and what he does with it.
Whether his actions reflect an awareness of battlefield intelligence collection.
FUNCTIONAL OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT. At the beginning of the field survey phase, each survey team
member has a basic functional outline to direct the data collection efforts. The basic outline will be modified
during the field survey phase to reflect new information obtained by observation and interview, and will
ultimately become a profile of actual events.
Each team member should be familiar with the outlines used by the other members of the survey team and
should be alert for information that might affect them. An interview in the communication area, for example,
might disclose information that would result in a change to the outline being developed for operations, or an
observation in one geographic location could affect an outline being followed in another locale. Functional
outlines should not be viewed as coverage of all possible information sources. All outlines should try to reflect
the information generation/flow at each location where data are collected, to permit follow-up elsewhere.
As data is accumulated through observation and interviews, its incorporation into the basic functional outline
changes the original list of projected events into a profile of actual events. The outline now becomes a
chronological record of what actually happened, where it occurred, who did it, and how and why it occurred.
The outline should also reflect an assessment of the vulnerability of each event to the known or suspected
As data collection proceeds and information is reviewed and compared, tentative findings will begin to emerge.
They should be confirmed and documented fully as quickly as possible. if considered serious, they should be
made known to the commander responsible for the operation to permit early consideration of corrective actions.
Development of findings during the field survey phase ensures access to supporting data and precludes having
to reconstruct evidence after the team has left the scene. Following this procedure, the basic findings and
supporting data for the final survey report will be well developed before the end of the field survey phase. Final
development and production of the survey report can then proceed immediately upon return to home station.
The complexity, size and duration of the operation or activity being surveyed will determine, in general how the
survey team must be employed. Tentative locations for data collection, developed during the planning phase,
provide initial indications of how and where to employ the team. It is rarely possible, however, to plan
employment in detail before the field survey phase. A small, short duration operation with few participating
elements may permit concentration of the team in one, or a very few locations. Larger and longer operations
may require almost complete dispersal of the team, movement of the complete team from one location to
another, or a combination of these procedures over a substantial period of time.
The most reliable guidelines for the team chief in determining how to employ his team is to reassemble it daily
to address progress, compare data, and coordinate the direction of the survey. Data comparison and discussion
of possible findings will indicate new investigative directions and data collection requirements, thus providing