Directing the collection effort begins with the determination of requirements and establishment of
priorities. A continuously updated collection plan keyed to the mission of the command and enemy
situation must be developed. Based on this plan, orders and requests for the collection of specific
information are sent to selected units and organizations (collection agencies).
Collecting the information is the next phase of the intelligence cycle. After the agencies with a
collection capability have been selected and sent specific orders and requests, the collection efforts are
supervised to verify that orders and instructions are executed effectively and in a timely manner.
Processing is the third phase. As the information is collected and received, it is processed into
intelligence. Processing consists of:
Evaluating the information to determine its pertinence, reliability, and accuracy.
Interpreting the information to determine its meaning and significance.
completed intelligence product is disseminated through means of annexes, briefings, estimates,
messages, reports, situation overlays, and summaries. A useful intelligence product is one which will
assist the commander and staff and provide a basis for evaluating and interpreting new information,
while providing further direction to a new cycle of intelligence operations. The commander's need for
the production of intelligence.
6. Types of Radiological Intelligence.
The production of intelligence about the radiological situation is a good example of the functioning of
the intelligence cycle as it applies to NBC intelligence.
mission of the unit, the following forms of intelligence, listed in order of preparation, will be