Unmanned aircraft are good for surveillance and reconnaissance, but the best way to learn about your adversary is through human intelligence, said Army. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.Good googly moogly, I cannot understate how important that man in that position making that statement is.
“We can think about ISR platforms and we can think about the different ways that we will collect and the kinds of stuff that we need … but we really do have to have some folks that are studying and know when we get out into these environments what is happening out there,” Flynn said on Friday at the C4ISR Journal conference.
While he’s a “huge fan of ISR,” human intelligence provides a “fingertip feel” of your adversary, said Flynn, one of three authors of a January 2010 paper arguing that U.S. intelligence efforts in Afghanistan were too focused on killing badguys instead of understanding the human environment in which U.S. troops operate.
For decades, the transformationalists and technology-fetishists have hobbled us intellectually by denigrating what is the most powerful super-computer and reconnaissance asset in existence; the human mind.
Someone send me a memo where VADM Copeman is asking for the MK-71, and I'll go ahead and start blogging about establishing and managing Deep South heirloom apple orchards organically instead (maybe).