COISTCompany Intelligence Support Team (US DoD)
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The current company COIST model is not conducive to effectively engaging diverse combinations of regular and irregular forces simultaneously.
A COIST will typically benefit a fully staffed and trained organization in which COIST personnel are equipped and uninhibited in the performance of their duties.
Forming a COIST from within the company was hard, but forming a staff was nearly impossible and detracted from the COIST.
Effective CoISTs contact adjacent units on company frequencies.
COISTs use digital systems to collect and analyze intelligence at the company level and pass it up to the battalion level.
Unlike the DSCA SIMEX, we did not train Soldiers from Battalion S2 sections or COISTs during the NTC SIMEX.
The COIST can serve as an extension of the commander's intent by executing critical intelligence tasks and ensuring platoons and squads retain crucial situational awareness.
We utilized our COIST daily at NTC by partnering it with our Raven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator.
What COIST leaders lack in formal intelligence training, they make up for in aggressive attitudes of would-be platoon leaders.
CoISTs are the crucial links and adjuncts to traditional staff structures in analyzing information and fostering a comprehensive understanding of the operational environment.
Among its functions, CoISTs provide routine intelligence requirements such as patrol prebriefs and debriefs at remote locations.
The three companies--the 370th Engineer Company (Sapper), 541st Engineer Company (Sapper), and 535th Engineer Support Company--consolidated line platoons and created CoISTs using Soldiers who were not required to fill the ranks of the other platoons.