(NSOF-39) NATO SOF Intelligence Collections Course (NSINTC)
Duration: 8 academic days (2 weeks)
Course Notes: This course is based on an integrated curriculum and is taught simultaneously with students from (NSOF-41) SOCC ISR Operations Course (SIOC).
Please be aware that in order to balance the class for execution, you may be requested to switch roles with SIOC students, before or during class sessions. The core curriculum remains valid for you while simultaneously enhancing Operations and Intelligence integration.
During execution these two courses may internally be known as the ‘ISR Operations and Intelligence Collection Course’, or IOIC.
Aim: Improve the understanding of ISR capabilities required to support NATO SOF missions by ensuring NATO SOCC personnel appreciate the necessary levels of liaison, coordination, and integration required with higher HQ, other component commands, and subordinate unit staff to ensure the efficient and effective planning, execution, and analysis of air, ground, and maritime capabilities to produce the desired effects in a synchronized battlespace.
Objective: Students will demonstrate integration with operations personnel in identifying and translating all-source intelligence requirements for SOF missions into a coherent and executable collection plan. Student will also demonstrate how operations and intelligence personnel can synchronize ISR capabilities and collection planning to support the component processes of NATO SOF missions.
Description: The NATO SOF Intelligence Collections Course (NSINTC) focuses on the integration and synchronization of all-source intelligence planning and collection. The course presents various intelligence aspects of processing, exploitation, and dissemination. Emphasis is placed on collection processes and products that contribute to a commander’s decision-making process, battle rhythm, and situational awareness.
The SOF ISR Operations Course (SIOC) and the NATO SOF Intelligence Collections Course (NSINTC) courses are two course tracks that run in parallel and are synchronized to prepare students to manage ISR capabilities and intelligence collection in support of SOF. Students will apply their knowledge and procedures learned during activities related to relevant scenarios. The scenarios enable students to integrate and synchronize the planning and operations of ISR, assets, processing, exploitation, and dissemination for SOF operations. The courses consist of a series of integrated lectures, hands-on lessons, and exercises that cover an 8-day period.
Target Audience: This course is designed for SOF intelligence analysts about to be employed at the SOCC or SOTG/SOATG level and have experience in the field and/or NATO SOF exercises. Specifically, SOCC-level J2 personnel to ensure SOCC and SOTG-/SOATG-level staff understand how to interact with and manage component-level ISR processes while also forming an understanding of what to expect from fellow NATO and partner nation officers, senior NCOs, and enlisted members.
Requirements: Students should have a 3322 in English language skill and should be comfortable presenting and briefing in English to a group audience. In addition, students should be comfortable using Microsoft Windows-based software including Microsoft Office.