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.
It is no surprise, then, that over time a wide range of views on intelligence develop. Given the focus on the new maritime strategy and the consequent need for quality intelligence to support our forward deployed and increasingly expeditionary fighting forces, it is more important than ever to take time to learn what intelligence is, what it does, what it can and cannot easily do, and areas where it needs improvement.