The Analyst Capability Working Group (ACWG) was formed in late 2013 as part of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance’s (HAF/A2) initiative to revolutionize intelligence analysis. The Intellekt Group was selected to provide mentorship, expertise, and support to the ACWG in January, 2014. Originally managed by HAF/A2D, the ACWG transitioned from Air Staff to Major Command sponsorship in October 2014, and Air Combat Command (ACC/A2A) assumed responsibility for ACWG direction.
The Intellekt Group spearheaded the draft ACWG charter in 2014, which was slightly modified and adopted by ACC/A2 in 2015. Based on this charter, the team identified strengths and deficiencies in Policy, Technology and Tools, Analyst Development, and Analyst Tradecraft, and initiated actions to improve intelligence analysis throughout the US Air Force and Department of Defense. Extensive research was conducted by HAF/A2I, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), 25 Air Force (then the Air Force ISR Agency), and the Naval Postgraduate School, and a 507 page FY 2014 Technical Report was completed and delivered to HAF/A2D and HAF/A2I by The Intellekt Group.
As ACC assumed responsibility for the ACWG, the charter identified key roles and responsibilities for team members. Armed with the findings from the Analyst Tools and Training Roadmap (ATTR), HAF/A2 White Paper, and the executed charter, the ACWG met at Joint Base Langley Eustis in July 2015 to develop a formal Program of Actions and Milestones (POA&M). During this period, over 280 formal actions were identified and tasked for the forthcoming 18 – 24 month period.
ACC hosted an ACWG POA&M progress review in September 2016 which revealed solid progress with USAF policies and analyst development. The Intellekt Group represented 25 AF/A2O during this review, which validated completed actions and re-established suspenses for the last phase of this POA&M. As FY 2017 approaches, the POA&M provides a living document for all MAJCOMs and specified organizations actively pursuing improvements across all four critical areas. The ACWG anticipates continued progress and currently plans to transition the enhanced capabilities and practices from this POA&M to more long-term efforts prior to FY 2018.