My commodore once explained that good intelligence was like pornography—he didn't know exactly how to define it, but he knew it when he saw it.1 The naval intelligence community's standard for good afloat intelligence is, thankfully, less vague: we must provide intelligence that is timely, relevant, and predictive to allow commanders to make decisions. After the attacks of 9/11, the requirement grew to include the need for actionable intelligence that enables commanders not only to be aware of an adversary's course of action but also to direct action to counter the threat.2
Training for the Wrong Fight
2007 NAVAL INTELLIGENCE ESSAY CONTEST WINNER
By Lieutenant Commander Rory Berke, U.S. Navy
Naval intelligence has not kept up with threats that have evolved since the Cold War.