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MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member16 Apr 2015 5:43 a.m. PST

US Army fields new Military Intelligence unit. The unit can be split into component parts of teams, companies, or using entire battalion.
HUMINT, CI, and Intel Analyst heavy, the Army has funded two National Guard EMIB units and two EMIB reserve units for the foreseeable future. Due to the high operational tempo that the Army has and the over-utilization of active duty MI soldiers, this gives the Army the ability to reach into a ready pool for multi-faceted deployments.
Within the National Guard Maryland and Texas are fielding an EMIB each.
Detractors state that this will pull MI types from States and basically provide "big" Army with a pool they can just keep dipping into, rather than solve the MI retention problem.
The US Army reported to Congress that the active duty MI program was fully manned. This is another sleigh of hand, since they didn't lie, but the "Fully Manned" moniker equals between 45%-50% actual filled MI positions. Thus, when the Army says fully manned they are saying that they operate at 50% manning, thus providing the actual need for the EMIBs.
Shortsighted state command structures see the EMIB as a bonus since the active Army picks up the tab for the 900 or so EMIB soldiers, thus relieving the state of that fiscal responsibility.

Crow Bait Inactive Member18 Apr 2015 1:24 p.m. PST

Really it's just the Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) under a different name, minus the aerial layer assets that were available previously. It can support the Corp as a whole Brigade, or be split up and sent down to support the BCT. It also supplies a PED capability unavailable at the BCT/DIV level. A strong SIGINT capability also.

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member27 Apr 2015 6:33 a.m. PST

Pretty much spot on Crow Bait, except the EMIB has less analytical elements

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