Accession Number : ADA309900

Title :   Task Force Smith: An Intelligence Failure?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Matthews, Richard E.

PDF Url : ADA309900

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This monograph examines intelligence and how it was applied to Task Force Smith. Task Force Smith was a regimental combat from 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles 'Brad' Smith, the first American soldiers committed during the Korean War. The thesis analyzes what was known about the North Korean Peoples Army immediately before, during, and after the employment of American soldiers. There was adequate intelligence available in June 1950 that predicted war on the Korean peninsula, and there was also adequate intelligence that could have benefitted Lieutenant Colonel Smith and his soldiers. Unfortunately, an immature command and control system, an untried intelligence system, and a chaotic military situation prevented what was known about the enemy to get down to the tactical commander. Intelligence is of no value unless it gets into the hands of the commander. It must be pushed down to the decision maker, and if it is not, the commander must become actively involved in the intelligence process and focus the intelligence effort. Unless intelligence and operations is integrated into plans the risk remains for repeating Task Force Smith.

Descriptors :   *TASK FORCES, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE, *STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE, FOREIGN POLICY, NORTH KOREA, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, NATIONAL SECURITY, THREATS, ARMY PERSONNEL, INFANTRY, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MILITARY COMMANDERS, ARMY PLANNING, TACTICAL WARFARE, ARMY INTELLIGENCE, REGIMENT LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE