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Help a brother out : a case study in multinational intelligence sharing, NATO SOF

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Authors
Ara, Martin J.
Larsse, Brage Andreas.
Subjects
SOF
NSCC
NSHQ
Special Operations Interoperability
Military Networks
NATO Transformation
European Common Threats
NATO Training and Education Program-NSTEP
BICES Network
Afghanistan Special Operations
ISAF SOF
Intelligence Sharing
Multinational Operations
Intelligence
Coalitions
Advisors
Tucker, David
Date of Issue
2011-12
Date
December 2011
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
This thesis examines how to optimize intelligence sharing in a coalition by a thorough literature review and site visits to intelligence sharing organizations in order to establish best practices for multinational intelligence sharing. The newly established NATO SOF Headquarters (NSHQ) in Mons, Belgium was treated as a test case to validate their intelligence sharing procedures and structures in reference to the authors' identified best practices: mutual gains and benefits; trust; direct control; and accessibility and interoperability. Intelligence support to SOF is a decisive factor, when in conventional operations it often is not; therefore intelligence support to SOF is special - NATO SOF is no exception. The level of intelligence support to SOF normally only exists at the national level, due to bureaucratic obstacles, a need to protect sensitive sources and capabilities, and lack of trust. The NSHQ is experimenting with several innovative methods to enhance trust and streamline intelligence capability amongst NATO SOF forces. There are structural and organizational lessons learned from the establishment of the NSHQ that can be applied to future operations and coalitions.
Type
Thesis
Description
Department
Defense Analysis (DA)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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NPS Report Number
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Format
xv, 55 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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