The Navy’s information and intelligence needs demand diverse approaches, with a focus on understanding potential adversaries and operating environments. In recent decades, however, the Navy has become increasingly reliant on signals and imagery collection at the expense of human intelligence (HUMINT) as it grew weary of perceived risk and dependent upon the collection of other intelligence agencies. But are the potential gains of HUMINT worth the risks? History has taught us that foreknowledge of a potential adversary’s plans, intentions, and capabilities are essential.
Professional Notes—The Navy Needs HUMINT
By Lynn Wright, Mark A. Assur, and Brennan McKernan