One of the most important capabilities for any fighting force in history is logistics. While it is important to have the ability to defeat an opponent, it is equally important to have the ability to reach the battlefield quickly and with equipment intact. Once forces reach their areas of operation quickly and with their mission essential gear, it then becomes necessary to sustain those forces with necessities such as food, fuel, and ammunition.
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Before a decision maker can be handed the information they need to make a choice, the information they need must be collected, processed, and analyzed. All of these tasks are pieces of the intelligence process discussed in our first intelligence series article, but the act of collecting information is one that comes in many forms. So how then does collection occur?