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Intelligence directorate hosts working group
Posted 10/2/2012 Updated 10/2/2012
by Mary McHale
AFNORTH Public Affairs
10/2/2012 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Key persons from both the Department of Defense and national intelligence agencies around the United States gathered at the Killey Center Sept. 18-20 to participate in the Homeland Defense, Tactics Analysis Team 2012 study and working group.
Hosted by Air Forces Northern’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance directorate, there were also participants from the Royal Air Force Air Warfare Center and Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre. Maj. Christopher DiNote, working group co-chair, said the primary purpose of the working group was to focus on detailed briefings and analysis on topics relevant to homeland defense and asymmetric threats.
The major said the group meets biennially and its format encourages optimum information exchange between participants about training, planning and employment techniques as applicable. Participants from the intelligence and operations communities are the primary contributors which the major acknowledged offered an enhanced and productive environment.
“One definite highlight was the interagency cooperation and contributions from the operations and intelligence communities across the spectrum – military, civilian, and our Canadian and British Allies,” DiNote said. “It was good for this diverse group to come together and share their different perspectives.”
“Our ultimate goal from the group was to produce a document to serve aircrews, air defense operators and all of DoD’s homeland defense warfighters along with our Allies in their homeland defense efforts,” said Col. Sheila Jimenez, AFNORTH’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance director. “Additionally this document will become the training standard for AFNORTH Aerospace Control Alert forces and will be a major input to Air Force Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (AFTTP) 3-1.”
The major said the resulting document was the product of three working groups, each doing an in-depth analysis into a particular facet of homeland defense. DiNote emphasized the collaborative nature of the project proved another highlight of the event.
“We found we have similar activities and similar concerns in our respective homelands so they learned a lot from us and we learned a lot from them,” he said. “We learned how we can better work together to combine and apply our skills in ways we had not thought of before.”
Article source: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123320685