PART C: NBC INFORMATION SOURCES
NBC Defense Intelligence is derived through both combat and technical intelligence channels. Combat
intelligence is used by the commander to determine how to use the available resources to accomplish
the mission. Technical intelligence contributes to combat intelligence through its analysis of the
performance and operational capabilities of Threat materiel. For example, a new decontamination kit
taken from a prisoner may indicated a recently acquired capability to employ a new chemical agent.
Many sources are available which can contribute bits of information which can be used to produce
intelligence. A source is defined as a person, thing, or activity from which information is originally
obtained. Sources may or may not be under friendly control. Some sources of information for
intelligence purposes are: enemy activities, prisoners, local civilians, residents, refugees, recovered
U.S. military personnel, captured enemy documents and materiel, and friendly units.
1. Enemy Activities.
Enemy activity, such as movement of troops, presence of armor, weapons displacement, movement or
stockpiling of supplies and materiel construction, and the amount and types of weapons fire, all provide
valuable combat intelligence. For example, some enemy activities which could indicate the presence of
nuclear delivery systems are:
Heavily guarded movement of supplies, equipment, and materiel. Movement of nuclear
supplies, equipment, and material require special security measures.
Heavily guarded installations. Sites for storage of nuclear supplies and the locations of
delivery units are heavily guarded.
Preparation of heavy artillery positions. Primary and alternate positions for nuclear delivery
artillery are prepared prior to movement of the units.
Movement or detection of self-propelled (SP) launchers or multiple-rocket launcher
systems (MRLS). Some free rockets, and surface-to-surface missiles with nuclear capability,
have tracked launchers.
Presence of radar or other electronic equipment.
Surface-to-surface surface missile
systems employ radar for control.