The Israeli Combat Intelligence Collection Corps is the newest of the IDF GOC Army Headquarters' five corps, created in April 2000, and is tasked with collecting combat intelligence. It is responsible for intelligence units from the battalion level and up to the entire force. Accordingly, it is professionally subordinate to the Military Intelligence Directorate. Due to the need for collecting combat intelligence and in maintaining observation networks, it is in the midst of expansion.
Structure[edit | edit source]
The corps consists of the following units:
- The Shahaf (Seagull) 869 Battalion (Northern Command).
- The Nitzan 636 Battalion (Central Command).
- The Nesher (Eagle) 414 Battalion (Southern Command).
- The Combat Intelligence School, also known as the Center for Reconnaissance and Intelligence
- The Unit Command, in The Central Command Of IDF in Tel-Aviv
Training[edit | edit source]
"Ragli" - Mobile squads who travels by foot
- Basic Training 4 months ("Rovai 04" fighter level 04) - Combat Intelligence School
- Advanced Training 4 months ("Lochem Isuf 07" Collecting fighter 07) - Combat Intelligence School
- Unit Training (here each unit has its own training that takes around 2 months) - Northern, Southern and Central command
״Rachouv" - Mobile and static forces and squads who observes from certain locations or Mobiled by vehicles
- Basic Training 3 months ("Rovai 03" fighter level 08) - Combat Intelligence School
- Advanced Training 3 months ("Lochem Isuf 07" Collecting fighter 07 ) - Combat Intelligence School
- Unit Training (here each unit has its own training that takes around one month) - Northern, Southern and Central command
History[edit | edit source]
In 1993, the Yahmam (abbreviation for Target Field Intelligence) unit, also known as the Nitzan Commando, was created. The unit was designated to provide intelligence in real time and sighting enemy targets. It was appended to the Artillery Corps and its soldiers wore black berets, even though they were under the direct command of the General Staff. During the 1982–2000 South Lebanon Conflict, it operated as an elite outfit tasked with collecting combat intelligence. After the February 4, 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster, in which the unit lost two men out of a total of 73 killed, the Supreme Court of Israel instructed to reveal their names, and consequently, the unit's existence was revealed to the public.
The unit was created as a corps in April 2000, under Amnon Sufrin. In late 2008, the GOC Army Headquarters decided to rename it to the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, to emphasize its combat nature. The name was changed in November 2009, with beige berets concurrently adopted to replace the dark green berets previously shared with the Intelligence Corps.
Chief Combat Reconnassiance Officer[edit | edit source]
The Chief Combat Reconnassiance Officer is a Brigadier General appointed by the head of GOC Army Headquarters in coordination with the Military Intelligence Directorate. As of 2009, the Chief Combat Intelligence Officer is Eli Pollack.
References[edit | edit source]
- Cohen, Gili (July 24, 2009). "Start Learning: Instead of Field Intelligence – Combat Intelligence Collection Corps". Bamahane (2998): p. 15. Template:He icon
- Ben Dror, Arnon (March 25, 2009). "With God's Help: Field Intelligence Corps will be Renamed to Combat Intelligence Collection Corps". Israel Defense Forces. http://dover.idf.il/IDF/News_Channels/today/09/03/0202.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-23. Template:He icon
- "Redesigned Combat Intelligence Collection Corps Aims High". Israel Defense Forces. November 23, 2009. http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/today/09/11/2303.htm. Retrieved 2012-04-17. Template:He icon
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