Thursday, 2 June 2016

LTG Mary Legere - Intelligence Priorities for the Army and the Nation

LTG Mary Legere just completed a four-year tenure as the U.S. Army's Senior Intelligence Officer, and the Principal Advisor on Intelligence and Security Policy, Program and Operations for the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff. She is the fourth female Three Star General in the Army's 240-year history, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in April 2012.

For four years, Legere oversaw the global operations of the Army's 58,000-person Intelligence Corps. In a recent interview, she shared her thoughts on the role of the Army G2 and on the challenges confronting the Army Intelligence Corps.

"As the Army's Senior Intelligence Officer" Legere explained, "it was my responsibility - and those I worked with - to ensure our Army was capable of providing the best military intelligence support to the warfighter possible, both for current and emerging threats, at home and abroad."

She continued, "The United States is confronted by an increasingly complex security environment and equally complex range of threat actors. Our success in anticipating threats and in shaping the global environment is dependent on the capability and capacity of our Intelligence Community, and our ability to provide warning, to enhance situational understanding and to support decisive action by national decision makers and war fighters across the globe."

An integral part of Defense Intelligence in this effort, Legere explained, "the Army's Intelligence Corps of 58,000 must have the capabilities, skill sets, organizations and capacity to support our regionally engaged and globally responsive Army forces, and to contribute as part of Defense team to support joint and coalition operations in every theater."

To support these requirements, Army Intelligence continuously seeks to improve its ability to satisfy its supported commanders, adapting our force structure, training and systems to meet the needs of each specific theater in order to intelligence support at every echelon.

"Whether supporting combat or counter terrorism operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, contributing to indications and warning in North East Asia, responding to Russian aggression on the European continent, or organizing with the Joint Force to defend against cyber and Insider Threat attacks in the homeland, we must be capable of providing the intelligence our Commanders require to prevent conflict, to shape the strategic environment, and to win decisively in the event of war."

"As we have demonstrated over the past decade", Legere said "the success of our Army and survival of our Soldiers is highly dependent on the readiness of our Army Intelligence Corps and our ability to provide new capabilities, skill sets and formations in response to evolving threats. We have to sustain and improve on these efforts as threats to the Nation and demands on our Army continue to increase."

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