manning, equipping, and training of thecompany battle staff in preparation for adeployment to the Iraq theater of operations.The concept of creating timely, specific,reliable intelligence from raw data at the CO battle staff level has been the primaryobjective of 5/2 ID (SBCT) in defining theroles and functions of personnel in the battlestaff. The challenge exists in identifyingthose personnel capable of accomplishingthe requisite tasks of the CO battle staff,training those Soldiers (individual andcollective, digital, etc.), and ensuring theyhave enough stability to benefit from thetraining
serve on the battle staff duringthe unit’s combat deployment. Because therifle company (Stryker or otherwise) doesnot enjoy the luxury of a diverse MOS-base,intelligence analysts and linguists must beselected from the ranks, trained, andgroomed. While a fact that will require thediversion of important resources from other key tasks to realize, countless after actionreports (AARs) and lessons learned reportsstate that CO battle staffs will pay dividendsin unit efficiency and effectiveness.In principle, the CO battle staff’s primaryfunction is to use digital and analytical toolsto update the company-level intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), to provide updated and useful intelligence tothe commander, and to help commandersdevelop courses of action. A keycomponent of this is the requirement for comparative analysis; the CO battle staff should mine, organize and utilize historicaldata in order to make rapid, accurateassessments of the current area of operations and recommend logical coursesof action to the commander. By maintainingsituational awareness via radio traffic,FBCB2 communication (and now LandWarrior messaging), the CO battle staff istasked to update a myriad of digital systems,redundant analog systems, and reportinformation and intelligence to higher,adjacent, and subordinate elements.The challenge commanders at every levelface is how and where to compromise in order to best meet mission requirements. For 5/2ID (SBCT) the SOP prescribes roles in order to train the members of the battle staff. Themajority of the personnel 5/2 ID (SBCT) hasidentified as minimum force for a CO battlestaff are consistent with current doctrine — the company commander, companyexecutive officer, company first sergeant,company fire support officer, companyCBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological,nuclear, explosive) NCO, and the companycommunications chief (commander’s RTO).The 5/2 ID (SBCT)’s SOP has specified therole of the CO battle staff and has broadenedthe minimum force requirement to includethe senior language-enabled Soldier (LES),Stryker Battle Staff NCO (SBSNCO), tacticalsite exploitation (TSE) technician, and equalopportunity leader (EOL). Of the membersof the battle staff mentioned above, theCBRNE NCO, LES, and SBSNCO have beenrecapitalized, or in other words, speciallytrained to execute a mission not consistentwith the CO modified table of organizationand equipment (MTOE).In the 5/2 ID (SBCT) model the company battle staff is organized into three functionalgroups. The command group consists of the CO CDR, 1SG, and CO XO, similar to a battalion or brigade command group. Thecompany intel support team (IST) consistsof the CBRNE NCO, senior LES, and TSEtechnician. The CO IST maintains the COIPB. The negotiation team consists of theCO CDR, senior LES, and the EOL. The COXO gives directions to the battle staff andsupervises. When he is not present in thecommand post, the SBSNCO is in charge.The CO FSO and communications sergeant perform their traditional roles and assist thecommander in developing a course of actionand executing those COAs as applicable.The 5/2 ID (SBCT) commander made thetraining of the LES (118 Arabic linguists atthe platoon level; 101 complete, 17 intraining) a top priority. In the LES programselected Soldiers (Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry,Logistics) receive training on Arabiclanguage skills four days a week for 10months at the Fort Lewis Language Center.The program provides an invaluable assetto the rifle squads who serve as collectorsevery day. The brigade sustains this trainingthrough constant practical application andscenario training. The program has trainedas many as three conversationally fluentArabic linguists in each of the riflecompanies in fewer than the 18 months the brigade has existed.The 5/2 ID (SBCT) also educated at leastone NCO in each company on basic staff functioning via the Maneuver Center of Excellence’s Stryker Battle Staff NCOCourse, which is taught at Fort Benning,Ga. Graduates are armed with a broadexposure to intelligence collection, datamanagement, pattern analysis, and tacticaloperations center (TOC) function examples.The requirement is that the Stryker BattleStaff NCO manages the operations of theCO battle staff and takes ownership of thedigital and analytical systems that arecurrently being fielded to the companies(FBCB2, DARPA and
TacticalGround Reporting System [TIGR], Palantir,Land Warrior).The TSE technician has specializedtraining that combines evidence collectionand intelligence support. In addition to theCO technician, the brigade will have morethan 30 specialized teams with specialequipment to conduct TSE once fullyequipped.In the 5/2 ID (SBCT) model, the SBSNCOworks closely with the CBRNE NCO. TheCBRNE NCO serves as the chief of theintelligence support team. The brigade SOPdirects that the companies’ 74-series NCOs be retrained as intel analysts and run thecompany intel support team. All CBRNE NCOs attended an intelligence coursefrom the Military Intelligence schoolhouseat Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Armed with afundamental course in general analysisoperations, the CBRNE NCO briefs theenemy situation, route status, manages products such as pattern analysis, link diagrams, significant actions (SIGACTs),and the company’s ISR synchronizationmatrix. He is also the individual who debriefs patrols after conducting operations andmanages the initial analysis and subsequenttransport or exploitation of materialsgathered during the unit’s tactical siteexploitation. This task is accomplished by working closely with the companies’TSE technician and senior LES (whoseunderstanding of culture and language provides initial and immediate insight to
In principle, the CO battle staff’sprimary function is to use digital andanalytical tools to update thecompany-level intelligencepreparation of the battlefield (IPB), toprovide updated and usefulintelligence to the commander, and tohelp commanders develop coursesof action.