The Navy cannot afford to harbor myths about America's intelligence community at a time when awareness and decision superiority are so critical.
Everyone has an opinion about intelligence. Some warfighters develop them early in their careers simply based on the quality of their squadron intelligence officer, ship independent duty intelligence specialist, or cryptologic rider. Some communities such as the submarine force and Special Warfare collect and use intelligence daily and have an informed tactical-to-strategic view of its nature. To other warfare communities without large intelligence embeds, it is a largely unseen and undervalued activity until officers achieve sufficient seniority to gain routine interaction.