Army Activates First Interrogation Battalion

In something of an admission that the United States Army doesn’t have the skill sets needed to operate in Iraq, the Pentagon announced  on 17 April 2006 that the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion will be the first of four joint
interrogation battalions — two active and two reserve — to be
activated in the next several years. Its mission is to conduct detainee
screening and interrogation missions in support of military operations
throughout the world, such as Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom.

In what appears to be further evidence that the United States Army doesn’t have sufficient manpower, it looks as if this new unit was created by converting the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion from a signals intelligence and analysis unit to a joint interrogation battalion. The 201st  traces it’s lineage back to 20 June 1945 to the activation of  the 166th Language Detachment in the Philippine Islands.

It looks like the Army was forced to make a choice between signal intelligence collection and analysis, and MASINT collection in
support of national requirements and covering their behinds in the wake of the Abu Ghriab fiasco.

A joint training center specalizing in intelligence and interrogation training is supposed to be built by 2010.

Better late than never, I guess.



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