Let’s face it, Decision-makers love Tactical Profiles!
That’s why I’m showing you how to create your own Intelligence Target Packs and Intelligence Profiles.
What are Target Packs?
Target Packs are an Intelligence Product designed for targeting individuals, groups, locations or specific operational threats.
They are, in essence, an executive summary of intelligence information and analysis to better understand the background, history or involvement of a target within an operational context.
I’ve seen target packs compiled a bunch of different ways. But they all seem to contain basically the same information.
Target packs usually include biographical and personal information, including;
- Target Names;
- Date of birth;
- Address / Last known location;
- Technical details (such as mobile phone IMSI / IMEI numbers);
- Images (such as picture or map); and
- Other information relevant for that threat, issue or group.
Target packs need to contain information specific and relevant for you and your mission.
This example is courtesy of Lawfareblog and can be found at this link.
Target Pack Template
We’ve created the template below for you to download and use.
Intelligence analysts are often asked to compile ‘profiles’ for known persons of interest.
Target profiles are usually commissioned at the request of the tactical customer to provide a detailed report of a target, suspect or person of interest.
The request usually goes a little like this:
Decision- Maker: “What do we know about …?”
Intelligence Analyst: “Roger that, I’ll see what I can find.”
This request occurs more often than you would think.
Each profile is typically collated and updated as more information is collected and analysed.
Target profiles are also developed by intelligence analysts to assist in operation planning. They’re often used as a way to summarise reporting.
This example is courtesy of The Intercept, Article No. 2 – The Drone Papers.
Intelligence Target Profiles Are Used For:
- Compiling information on specific targets;
- Identify Intelligence gaps;
- Highlight Intelligence opportunities; and,
- Assist in operational planning.
Target profiles typically include;
- Family and relationships;
- Lifestyle and habits;
- Employment details;
- Criminal record details;
- Financial profile; and,
- Links to criminal groups and / or organised crime groups.
Often the Decision-Maker will request an Intelligence Profile highlighting certain risks, or specific threats. The following products can be used to communicate the Intelligence information and analysis in an easy to read product.
To download a PDF version of our Profile Template click here.
Profile-type products come in handy when assessing an individual in respect to a particular threat, risk or issue.
To assist we’ve compiled the following templates to help you – Click on the images below to download the PowerPoint Slide Templates.
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Have you used any of these products before? Got any hints or tips you can share with the Intel101 audience?
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