United States Army Intelligence and Security Command

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U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
INSCOM seal updated.png
Unit logo
Active1977–present
Country United States
Branch United States Army
TypeDirect reporting unit
RoleMilitary intelligence,
Information operations
Size10,000+[1]
HeadquartersFort Belvoir, Virginia
Nickname(s)INSCOM
WebsiteOfficial website
Commanders
Current
commander
MG Michele H. Bredenkamp[2]
Deputy commanderVacant
Command Sergeant MajorCSM William M. Rinehart
Insignia
Shoulder sleeve insignia
INSCOM.svg
Distinctive unit insignia
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The United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is a direct reporting unit that conducts intelligence, security, and information operations for United States Army commanders, partners in the Intelligence Community, and national decision-makers. INSCOM is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

INSCOM is an organization within both the Army and the National Security Agency, the United States's unified signals intelligence (SIGINT) organization. Within the NSA, INSCOM and its counterparts in the Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps comprise what is known as the Central Security Service. INSCOM's budget has been estimated to be approximately $6 billion.[3]

As a direct reporting unit, INSCOM reports directly to the Chief of Staff of the Army, rather than higher echelons of command.

Mission[edit]

INSCOM collects intelligence information in all intelligence disciplines to provide unit commanders with intelligence for the battlefield and the focus of combat power. The organization also conducts intelligence production activities, ranging from intelligence preparation of the battlefield to situation development, SIGINT analysis, imagery exploitation, and science and technology intelligence production. INSCOM also has significant responsibilities in counterintelligence, force protection, electronic warfare, and information warfare. Additionally, INSCOM supports force modernization and training.

INSCOM Headquarters at Ft. Belvoir following 2019 expansion

INSCOM's stated vision for operations includes: (1) conducting and supporting relevant intelligence, security and information operations for U.S. Army, joint and combined forces; (2) optimizing national/theater/tactical partnerships; (3) exploiting leading edge technology; and (4) meeting the challenge of today, tomorrow and the 21st Century.

Structure[edit]

Located at Fort Belvoir, 1st IO CMD provides multi-disciplinary Information Operations (IO) support to the component and major commands of the United States Army.
Located in Wiesbaden, Germany, the 66th conducts theater level multi-discipline intelligence and security operations and, when directed, deploys prepared forces to conduct joint/combined expeditionary and contingency operations in support of United States Army Europe and U.S. European Command.
Located at Fort Gordon, Georgia, the 116th conducts 24/7 tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination and feedback operations for multiple aerial-ISR systems utilizing the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A).[4]
Located at Caserma Ederle and Caserma Longare, Vicenza, Italy. It conducts full-spectrum intelligence in support of U.S. Army Africa and United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM) in order to set the intelligence architecture for the theater, disrupt transnational and trans-regional threats, and promote regional stability in Africa while building and maintaining intelligence readiness.[5]
Provides trained and ready linguist and military intelligence soldiers to commanders from brigade through Army level. Located in Draper, Utah.
Located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 470th provides timely and fused multi-discipline intelligence in support of United States Army South, U.S. Southern Command, and other national intelligence agencies.
The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, provides multi-disciplined intelligence support for joint and coalition war fighters within United States Army Pacific and the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
The 501st Military Intelligence Brigade supports combined forces operations in Korea.[6]
Located at Fort Gordon, Georgia, the 513th deploys in strength or in tailored elements to conduct multi-disciplined intelligence and security operations in support of United States Army Central, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, and other theater Army commands.
Conducts synchronized full-spectrum signals intelligence, computer network and information assurance operations directly and through the National Security Agency to satisfy national, joint, combined and Army information superiority requirements.
  • US Army 706th MI Group DUI.png 706th Military Intelligence Group
Formerly the 116th Military Intelligence Group, it is located at Fort Gordon, Georgia. It provides personnel, intelligence assets and technical support to conduct signals intelligence operations within the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Georgia (NSA/CSS Georgia) and worldwide.[7]
Located at Fort Meade, the 780th conducts expeditionary and remote cyber attack, cyber exploitation, and cyber defense operations of Army and Defense information networks.
Provides direct and general counterintelligence support to Army activities and major commands.
  • Army Cryptologic Operations (ACO)
Located at Fort Meade, ACO serves as the Army G2 and Service Cryptologic Component (SCC) representative to provide expert cryptologic leadership, support, guidance and advice to U.S. Army Warfighters and Intelligence leaders. Lead the Army’s Cryptologic effort to satisfy Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) requirements by leveraging NSA Extended Enterprise, Intelligence Community, Sister Services and Service Laboratories. Ensure timely and effective support to operations by providing optimized capabilities, training and resources.
  • Army Field Support Center (AFSC)
Located at Fort Meade, AFSC provides specialized operational, administrative and personnel management support to Department of the Army and other Department of Defense Services and Agencies as directed.
  • Army Operations Group (AOG)
Located at Fort Meade, AOG conducts Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations and provide expertise in support of ground component priority intelligence requirements using a full spectrum of human intelligence collection methods.
  • Central Clearance Facility (CCF)
Located at Fort Meade, the CCF serves as the U.S. Army’s executive agency for personnel security determinations in support of Army world-wide missions.
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, NGIC is the Defense Department's primary producer of ground forces technical intelligence and is the Army's premier provider of intelligence products.

History[edit]

Merger and creation of INSCOM[edit]

On 1 January 1977, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) was organized at Arlington Hall Station, Virginia, to provide the U.S. Army with a single organization for conducting multi-discipline intelligence, security operations, and electronic warfare at the level above corps. The new organization merged the former U.S. Army Security Agency, the signal intelligence and signal security organizations previously located at Arlington Hall, Virginia, the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency, a counterintelligence and human intelligence agency based at Fort Meade, Maryland, and several intelligence production units formerly controlled by the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and U.S. Army Forces Command. Brigadier General (later Major General) William I. Rolya, former commanding general of the Army Security Agency, became INSCOM's first commanding general.

On 1 October 1977, the former U.S. Army Intelligence Agency headquarters was integrated into INSCOM. The command established a unified intelligence production element, the Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center, on 1 January 1978. Additionally, INSCOM assumed command of three military intelligence groups located overseas: the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Germany, the 470th Military Intelligence Group in Panama, and the 500th Military Intelligence Group in Japan. These groups were transformed into multidisciplinary units by incorporating former Army Security Agency assets into the previously existing elements. A fourth such group, the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade,[6] was soon organized in South Korea. All of these groups were eventually reorganized and re-designated as brigades.

Parapsychologic research[edit]

In association with the Defense Intelligence Agency, and under the leadership of commanding general Albert Stubblebine, INSCOM attempted to use parapsychologic methods such as remote viewing in operation Center Lane. This was done as late as 1981. Other U.S. intelligence services attempted similar projects during the same period, most notably the Stargate Project by the Central Intelligence Agency.

List of commanding generals[edit]

No. Commanding General Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
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David B. Lacquement
Major General
David B. Lacquement
2007[8]October 16, 2009~2 years, 288 days
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Mary A. Legere
Major General
Mary A. Legere
October 16, 2009[9]March 5, 20122 years, 141 days
-
Stephen G. Fogarty
Major General
Stephen G. Fogarty
March 5, 2012[10]May 30, 20142 years, 86 days
-
George J. Franz III
Major General
George J. Franz III
May 30, 2014[11]June 27, 20162 years, 28 days
-
Christopher S. Ballard
Major General
Christopher S. Ballard
June 27, 2016[12]June 11, 20181 year, 349 days
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Gary W. Johnston
Major General
Gary W. Johnston
June 11, 2018[13]July 16, 20213 years, 35 days
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Michele H. Bredenkamp
Major General
Michele H. Bredenkamp
July 16, 2021[8]Incumbent92 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, James (12 June 2013). "NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us into Cyberwar". Wired. Archived from the original on 14 June 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019. Originally titled "The Secret War".CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  2. ^ Commanding General
  3. ^ Shorrock, Tim (2008). Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 9780743282246.
  4. ^ DCGS-A provides foundation for aerial intelligence, WWW.ARMY.MIL, By Capt. Michael Pederson (116th MIB), Dated 3 December 2014, last accessed 13 December 2014
  5. ^ "INSCOM - U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command". www.inscom.army.mil.
  6. ^ a b 501st Military Intelligence Brigade
  7. ^ Ft Gordon units & tenants
  8. ^ a b "INSCOM - U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command". www.inscom.army.mil.
  9. ^ "MG Mary A. Legere". www.army.mil.
  10. ^ "INSCOM - U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command". 17 October 2012. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Maj. Gen. George Franz III takes the reins at INSCOM". 8 July 2014.
  12. ^ "INSCOM welcomes Maj. Gen. Christopher Ballard as the new commanding general". www.army.mil.
  13. ^ "INSCOM welcomes Maj. Gen. Gary W. Johnston as the new commanding general". www.army.mil.

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