With the success of these capabilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other global hotspots, the Department of Defense (DoD) recognized the need to establish an enduring capability for many of the quick reaction capabilities (QRCs) involving biometrics, forensics, DOMEX, and WTI in order to address the need for identity-associated problem sets.
The TCM BF also worked with other members of the biometric, forensic, and DOMEX community to develop related studies, lexicons, concepts and requirements documentation on WTI and SE subjects.
Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to address the biometric, forensic, and DOMEX warfighting problems and known capability gaps.
The RSE JCTD identifies, integrates, and assesses technologies to rapidly recognize, collect, preserve, exploit, analyze, store, and share forensics, biometrics and DOMEX materials and information using inexpensive, portable, easy-to-use, technologies that provide timely and accurate information.
It will also establish or supplement and enhance existing biometric, forensic, and DOMEX architectures, which significantly increases the information flow between Service members, forensics laboratories, intelligence and law enforcement communities, interagency partners, and coalition partners.
When the JCIDS work began in 2008 and the RSE JCTD effort began in 2010, both shared a common objective of establishing enduring, programmed aseline funded capabilities in the areas of biometrics, forensics, DOMEX and TECHINT.
1) Without question, our DOMEX capabilities have evolved into an increasingly specialized full-time mission that requires a professional force, advanced automation and communications support, analytical rigor, expert translators, and proper discipline to process valuable information into intelligence.
This article will examine the historical roots of DOMEX operations to present day activities, explain why DOMEX should be an intelligence discipline, review how the Army improved DOMEX capabilities, and what steps can be taken to enhance operations, and then offer recommendations on how the IC and the Department of Defense (DOD) can better organize, train, man, and equip itself to meet DOMEX challenges in the future.
As the military struggled with DOMEX activities between 2001 and 2003, the first tangible effort to institutionalize DOMEX at the National and strategic level came with the creation of Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) in 2003.
The swift expansion of DOMEX enterprise created many different efforts across the IC and DOD which required significant funding from congress.
DOMEX had become an integral source of valuable intelligence information supporting both tactical operations in OEF/OIF and Iraq and strategic analysis in national intelligence agencies, (14) but there was a perception of slight duplication of effort and redundancy in terms of reporting intelligence.