Monday, September 8, 2008

Intel Sharing Works - 'Fusion Center' Strategy

The bottom line in this strategy is the real-time sharing of information. This has enabled our soldiers (and the Columbian soldiers) to combine each piece of information, no matter how small, so they could put the pieces of the puzzle together. Sometimes information looks just like junk, but it can actually be a very valuable piece of information.

Doug has written a very good article which explains how the Columbian government was able to topple some of FARC's military. FARC is a terrorist group that kidnaps people for ransom, murders government officials, and occupied over 40% of the Columbian territory for about 40 years.

I have been watching this part of Columbia for many years now, and they have now gotten the upper hand on these terrorists (so it appears). Two of the seven top level creeps are now dead (don't mess with the Columbian Army!), and there is a great deal of money being offered to forsake your ties with this gang. It is working.

These are some of the worst scum in South America. It is good to hear this news.

The tactics they used to gather this intelligence has been used in Iraq and is starting to be used in Afghanistan. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, we have NATO to deal with. NATO has turned into a joke. Each country has told their soldiers the rules of engagement to follow, regardless of what NATO says.

Take Germany for example. These soldiers are not allowed to fire their weapons UNTIL someone shoots at them. That includes someone shooting at them and they cannot see this person but have an idea who it is, they cannot fire back. WHY ARE YOU THERE?

Fortunately, we are starting to combine our intelligence and sharing it so that we can have real-time data. We may have air coverage before we even know we need it because of this counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy. Maybe we won't have it all the time, but sometimes is a lot better than no times.

If you would like to read the original article by Douglas, I have provided a link below. Have a very nice day!

Hat tip: Douglas Farah of CounterTerrorismBlog who wrote The Success of the "Fusion Center" Strategy. Doug has also pointed us to the Washington Post and here is his NEFA report on the state of FARC.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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