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Anyone who has remodeled their kitchen knows the “golden triangle” or “kitchen triangle”. This is the triangle that the main working areas form to provide the most efficient working area possible. In a relatively seamless culinary dance, the sink, refrigerator, and stove are at every point of the geometric shape that will make this dinner party for friends and family an efficient dining experience.
Over the past six months, a similar “golden triangle” has sprung up on the grounds of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. This one is full of intelligence.
The Intelligence Fusion Cell is a collaboration between local agencies within the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, such as Security Forces, Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and the Office of Special Investigations. Each fulfills a different function, but works towards the same goal: the protection of the base and its resources.
“The job of the fusion cell is to gather information and analyze it for consumption so that wing leaders are better informed of current threat levels to keep the base safe,” said 1st Lt. Afron Guze, counterterrorism officer with the 386th Expeditionary Force. Security Forces Squadron.
The IFC examines potential threats to the facility and the region. Information and intelligence received can be immediately forwarded to the Installation Threat Task Force, which brings all squadrons together to discuss the current threat and how to combat it. It then provides recommendations to the installation commander for action.
Another analogy is that of an emergency operations center after a natural disaster, when all areas of emergency response come together in one place to more effectively solve the problem as problems arise in time. real.
“So as things go live, I just shuttle across the room and say, ‘Hey, I got what’s going on,’
The communication is there, ”said the master sergeant. Jeremy Defour, 386th ESFS Counter Terrorism Program Manager.
“As things evolve, we all discuss it, come up with that action plan, digest the information, and then immediately decide where to go from there,” Defour said.
“It enables faster communication and notification of intelligence-based threats, to more effectively counter those threats,” Guze said.
In short, what prompted the formulation of the IFC six months ago was the desire to reduce the time to information by centralizing all relevant agencies in one place.
That’s why it’s called the fusion cell because all aspects of intelligence gathering are fused into one piece, as one unit, thinking and formulating together. It’s a mission that succeeds because of the partnership that security, intelligence, OSI, and counterterrorism all bring to the table.
“The most important thing we want people to know is that we are working here to protect them,” Defour said. “We’re giving leaders a really good picture of what they’re up against so they can make more informed decisions.”