G-2 (intelligence)

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Seal of the U.S. Army Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence (G-2)

G-2 refers to the military intelligence staff in the United States Army at the Divisional Level and above.[1] The position is generally headed by a Lieutenant General. It is contrasted with G–1 (personnel), G–3 (operations), G–4 (logistics),[2] G-5 (planning), G-6 (network), G-7 (training), G-8 (finance), and G-9 (civil-military operations).[3][2] These "G" sections have counterparts in other branches of the service, with the U.S. Navy using an N– designation, the U.S. Air Force using the A- designation, and the Joint Staff using the J- designation.[1] It is the higher level function of the S-2 (intelligence) with the "S" signifying intelligence directorates at the battalion or brigade level.[2]

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2)

The 47th and current Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence G-2, is Lieutenant General Laura A. Potter (USA). LTG Potter is "the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for all aspects of Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Security, and responsible for the training, equipping, policy and oversight of the Army Intelligence and Security Enterprise".[4] See United States Army Intelligence and Security Command


G-2 intelligence played an important role during World War II, both aiding fighting forces and in special missions such as those of T-Force and Operation Alsos.[5] G-2 intelligence gathering and interpretation traces its history to the American Revolution.[1] The Military Intelligence Service was formed during World War II. In time, this evolved into the Military Intelligence Corps, one of the basic branches of the United States Army.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Definition
  2. ^ a b c Carter,Jr., Archer & Murray (July 1988). "Description of Army Staff Functions: Targets for Planning Aids" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on March 4, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "NATO SHAPE structure". nato.int. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010.
  4. ^ Rotary Club of Cincinnati (Sep 2022) Lieutenant General Laura A. Potter, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence G-2, United States Army
  5. ^ Koch, Oscar W., Brig. Gen.: G-2: Intelligence for Patton
  6. ^ "Military Intelligence Corps". Branchorientation.com. Retrieved 20 May 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Berkowitz, Bruce D., and Allan E. Goodman. Strategic Intelligence for American National Security. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989.
  • Finnegan, John Patrick, and Romana Danish. Military Intelligence. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army, 1998.
  • Miller, Nathan. Spying for America: The Hidden History of U.S. Intelligence. New York: Paragon House, 1989.
  • U.S. Army (12 December 2014). "G-2 Security Intelligence". www.army.mil. Retrieved 12 July 2019.