In addition to social media, SOIC analysts were familiar with the other resources of information that shed light on their area of responsibility.
As LTG Flynn highlighted, there must be an information broker to manage the volume of information gathered by the SOIC analysts, past and present.
A dedicated data manager on the SOIC team could serve as the information broker and ensure information has been properly added and tagged to the storage system.
Whether the SOIC is formed from various entities within the division headquarters or a part of the division G2 section, Army doctrine must change to make the SOIC an enduring part of Army intelligence.
Another option could be to build a SOIC using Soldiers from the civil affairs, information effects, and intelligence sections of a division staff.
With this shift, Army intelligence doctrine must adopt the SOIC as a permanent part of the division G2 section.
At a minimum, a non-deployed SOIC should be manned with a section leader, a deputy, and two analysts.
The volume of information gathered by SOIC analysts and the level of detail they understand will greatly benefit brigade combat teams.
MAJ James Welch served as the RC-S SOIC Director from August 2012May 2013 during 3ID's deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
It was not until LTG Michael Flynn called upon the military to pursue the concept of SOICs in Afghanistan that such a section was formalized for conventional units.