Imagine this for a moment. You’re a General standing over a vast table map strewn with miniature soldiers and tanks, a physical representation of the battlefield many miles away. Your job is to make decisions that could determine the fate of nations. It’s a daunting task.

Now, imagine doing this blindfolded. That’s what making war strategies without military intelligence is like.

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Intelligence in warfare works like a game of chess. The eyes and ears provide the crucial insights needed to outwit the enemy and turn the tide of the battle.

But what does this entail? What does it look like, and how does it change the course of wars? Let’s unpack this.

The Nitty-Gritty: Understanding Military Intelligence

First off, let’s get our bearings. What do we mean when we talk about ‘intelligence’ in the context of warfare? In simple terms, it’s information that can give you an edge over your adversary. 

It can range from the opponent’s planned strategies, the number of their troops, the types of weapons they possess, their supply routes, and even the morale of their forces. 

This vital information is then analyzed to facilitate decision-making and tactical planning.

How Do We Get Intel? The Art of Gathering Information

Intelligence is gathered in the military realm in several ways, often called “INTs” (short for intelligence). The five primary ones include: