News: Iraqi Intel Class
Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed
KIRKUK, Iraq -- The Iraqi Training and Advising Mission sponsored classes at the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (Ready First) in the Kirkuk Combined Coordination Center here on FOB Warrior, Iraq, March 18.
One of the classes offered taught members of the Iraq Police, the National Information and Investigation Agency, the Director General of Intelligence and Security and members from the Northern Oil Corporation Police how to navigate through the Iraqi Intelligence Network which serves the same purpose as the Department of Defense's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network designed to keep sensitive information flow secure, according to Mr. Kristopher N. Berceli a civilian Army Department of Defense employee and NIIA advisor.
"It's what you would call their classified and secure network," said Berceli.
"Their learning, right now, how to use the I2N system," said Capt. Timothy Jenkins of Ready First, 1/1 AD out of Fort Bliss, Texas, one of the officers who works in the KCCC here on FOB Warrior.
"This is the first secure network the Iraqis have been able to use," Jenkins said.
The other class offered at the KCCC, provided a "shortened overview of what is offered at the NTC [National Information and Investigation Agency Training Center] down at Baghdad," said Staff Sgt. Steve M. McGinnis, United States Forces- Iraq Advise and Training Soldier.
We hope they will want to go to Baghdad and take the full course, he said.
The overview was taught by Iraqi Lt. Col. Ziad Sefoog of ITAM who says he has been teaching this kind of class for two years.
It teaches everything involved in the intelligence cycle, said Sefoog.
"I think it opens their [Iraq security] eyes to a need for further understanding of the intelligence field," said Mr. Charles L. Meyer, civilian intelligence advisor who has worked with intelligence companies for 14 years.
The ITAM MTT plans to travel to several locations teaching Iraqi security forces the basics of the intelligence business.
"This is the first of the MTT [Mobile Training Team]," said McGinnis, "We expect to go to every province."