Get Ready for the RIF

A very interesting entry at Strategy Page, with the most significant points brought out in the second paragraph:

    DoD is overhauling its entire intelligence apparatus …The plans are pretty ambitious, and are partially implemented. The basic idea is to take advantage of abundant computer power, and affordable networking, to tie together as many troops, vehicles and warships as possible into one giant information gathering system.  . . . DoD has, for years, been aghast at the huge amounts of data that NRO, CIA and NSA collected, but never had the analyst resources to do anything with. The new DoD system is much more oriented towards solving immediate intel problems with all possible dispatch. No more waiting days for satellite photos, when the information was needed in hours, or minutes, to be useful. […]

For all of my former colleagues who didn’t pay attention in I&W training: this is a critical indicator.

Remember how we kept hoping beyond hope that the day would come when they would give us the time to really research problems and think up some original and perhaps even ingenious recommendations for action? As long as we are on this path that is never going to happen. More precisely, the number of people who might get a shot at such gigs is getting smaller by the day. Start sending out feelers to that other place, start making contacts at a think tank, or start thinking about being a professor . . . that or get used to the idea of pulling a couple months of mid-shifts in the J2 every other year or two.

When you’re not pulling nights you might want to think about night school, because some day this war will be over. With the IT investment and changes in tactics, they won’t need a lot of bodies (CSRS-exodus notwithstanding). Be special, or be prepared for the RIF.

4 comments for “Get Ready for the RIF

  1. Michael
    May 27, 2006 at 12:31 AM

    It is not a question of eliminating the strategic; there will just be less of it done in the defense domain (caches here and there and the rest outsourced to IDA or left to the war colleges).
    When your infrastructure can be hot-swapped out of rack and works 24/7/365 without complaint, there are no reconstitution problems.
    And Jack . . . why you gotta bust balls?

  2. crosspatch
    May 26, 2006 at 11:26 PM

    The past couple of sentances of the story would lead me to believe this is not temporary:
    No more waiting days for satellite photos, when the information was needed in hours, or minutes, to be useful. DoD is buying billions of dollars worth of UAVs, and installing communications equipment that will allow troops in combat to get the images when they are needed, not much later, after they have been “analyzed and cleared.”
    In other words, this is a permanent change to get intelligence in the hands of the forward trigger pullers as fast as possible. This requirement doesn’t seem directly WoT related or limited, it is apparently more of a general change in doctrine.
    The requirement to produce this kind of product in this fashion would remain after the current operations are completed. You can’t disband your infrastructure because you might not have the time to reconstitute it when the feces impacts the circulation apparatus.
    This seems to address tactical intelligence and the ability to shorten the collection/exploitation cycle. My gut feeling is that TF 145 might be teaching DoD some things that they intend to make organic.

  3. SA Jack Wiley
    May 26, 2006 at 7:48 PM

    “The new DoD system is much more oriented towards solving immediate intel problems with all possible dispatch.”
    It’s about time DoD tapped into the capabilities of CTU – the only organization with access to everything at once and can solve national security problems in 24 hours.

  4. SCATTERSHOT
    May 26, 2006 at 11:45 AM

    Why RIF? The expansion of TACTICAL analysis doesn’t make STRATEGIC analysis unnecessary. This ought to make your early hope for time to really research problems a reality. CARPE DIEM SIR!

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