16 April 2017
This past week Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command by Roger Hill & Lynn Vincent was published. It is a story that some in “Big Army” and DoD tried in vain to block. For over a year, these Marplots dithered in performing their duty to screen and redact truly Classified information from the book. Only after pressure from the authors’ attorneys did they finally “agree” to the version now published. The truth of the matter is that very little of the redacted material was actually classified or remotely unbeknownst to the public or our Republic’s enemies. Below, please find the key to the redactions. Anything truly “Classified” has been left redacted.
Line 6 Blue Force Tracker
Line 37 XXXX/XXXX (a source for names of suspected Taliban or accomplices)
Line 15 Signals Intelligence (AKA “SIGINT”)
Lines 19-20 Ok, we’ll check their cell records against numbers known to belong to bad guys.”
Line 20 – PCASS
Lines 21-22 (Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System – pronounced “Pee-Cass) *NOTE: To claim that PCASS is “classified” in 2017 is laughable in light of the fact that NBC News ran an open source news story on our Soldiers’ use of it as early as 2008.
Line 4 PCASS, the field-version lie detector
Lines 20-24 As with the coffeehouse manager, Dalmar, and dozens of others, Dave explained to Sammy the reason for the PCASS.
“No problem, Sir,” Sammy said cheerfully. Dave hooked the Terp to the machine and began .
“Is your name Sammy?”
Lines 1-8 Dave watched the PCASS. Okay.
“Are the lights on in this room?”
“Have you ever directly supported a terrorist group?”
“No” Not okay.
Failed that one, buddy, Dave thought. But, he kept his face passive and moved on.
Lines 22-23 HUMINT. Human Intelligence Sources
Line 29 military deception ops
Lines 3-5 The operation would include a controlled Intel leak. If the false Intel pooped up in enemy HUMINT or signals traffic, Dave’s Intel team might be able to pinpoint Hill’s insider threat.
Line 16 PCASS
Line 14 PCASS
Line 21 PCASS
Line 22 PCASS
Line 33 PCASS
Lines 1-2 ITAS and the TOW *NOTE: Again, laughable that DoD would redact this, as Raytheon publicly advertises it on its website.
Line 28 PCASS
Lines23 In addition, the CI Team employed a series of classified intel methods
Line 1 to screen every worker’s cell phone.
Line 5 PCASS
Line 25 CI
Line 33 HUMINT
Line 8 PCASS Retests
Line 20 PCASS cell phone scans and other intel collection methods
Line 37 PCASS
Lines 33-37 Dave’s team had conducted what was known to the CI community as a “time event” analysis. Shir Dalmar’s cell phone records revealed that he had made calls to possible insurgents three times on days for which enemy SIGACTS had occurred near or on FOB Airborne.
Line 18 the cell phone screening
Lines 31-32 Tactical Questioning or TQ was all he was allowed to do
Lines 2-4 Open-handed slapping was authorized for certain interrogators. Hill was not one of them. *NOTE. This was disclosed as early as 2006, when Congress (and the world) was told about this in open source materials
Line 5 XXXX/XXXX, the biometric database
Line 19 PCASS
Line 38 HUMINT
Line 26 ITAS
Lines 11-15 Dog Company teamed with CPT B’s Special Forces ODA and collected cell phone numbers of local Afghan nationals. CPT B. shot the humbers up his chain of command in Bagram. Hours later, the word came down: One of the terps, Abdul Sabur, had been in contact with the Norwegians top-tier target,
Line 3 then received intelligence
Lines 6-9 He was slotted in for CAS in the form of battalion’s Apache helicopters. But, when the mission time came, Battalion shifted the CAS elsewhere and Hill scrubbed the mission. No harm, no foul.
Lines 15-16 Securing the Highway became not only a 1/506th priority, but also Coalition priority.
Lines 28-29 ACOG – Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
Lines 22-25 Barker shook his head. We did get him to Brigade headquarters in Salerno, but they released him already.
Are you kidding me” Allred, said. We were well within the 96-hour window.
Line 33 Still, Brigade let him go.
Lines 2-5 Their convoy included a Buffalo (the armored vehicle with a 16-foot robotic arm, a couple of mine detection vehicles, some heavy equipment recovery assets, and a couple of MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicles)
Lines 19-21 Now he glanced at the Blue Force Tracker. One of the blue icons Smith had shown earlier had gone stale. That meant that the signal had not been refreshed for at least thirty minutes.
Lines 15-16 a sister team to CPT B’s ODA
Line 29 Local source and ELINT streamed in
Lines 2-6 Chosen had thought it would rely on overhead drone surveillance for alerts of any amassing attack – but the only drone in the area was re-tasked and flew away, leaving Brostrom and his men completely exposed.
Line 7 the drone was removed.
Lines 1-6 CPT B. and his ODA had requested and received “eyes on” Razak’s Jalrez compounds in the form of a video feed from a UAV, as well as a couple of static cameras placed atop homes where Razak’s crew had been known to operate. The ODA had been monitoring the still shots and ISR video for a week.
Lines 20-21 HUMINT sources confirmed it.
Line 24 The UAV asset had helped immensely establishing
Line 1 “patterns of life.”
Line 8 HUMINT indicates
Lines 12-13 Improved Target Acquisition and TOW
Lines 21-23 Worst of all, with battalion releasing every prisoner they captured, Dog Company felt like they were back at JRTC, where the OPFOR gets shot but never dies.
Line 10 HUMINT
Lines 1-3 Roger Hill landed at Bagram Airfield and walked a couple of blocks to the offices of the Trial Defense Service. Heather Masten’s CONEX headquarters sat across a gravel lot from the Afghanistan offices of CID.
Lines 20-21 While stationed in Germany as a Command Judge Advocate, part of her job had been hosting foreign dignitaries.
Line 6 of any soldiers who would conduct mock executions to gather Intel
Lines 26-29 Bagram had the only military courtroom in Afghanistan. What sense did it make to coordinate all the helo flights that would be necessary to ferry witnesses back and forth to a remote forward operating base that was practically in Pakistan?
Lines 18-19 During his research, Hill learned how operations at Airborne fit into the broader intel and operational picture.
Lines 21-22 As he dug through official reports, intel documents, email traffic from higher headquarters, and FRAGOs, Hill’s consternation grew.
Lines 28-31 Hill also felt that Taz, D Co’s intel sergeant, would provide pivotal information about the dozen or more HUMINT sources who had warned of suicide attacks against Airborne and outlying COPs, as well as at least one potential 80-man attack.
Lines 22-23 Battalion sent a Scout Platoon deep into Jalrez, the team air assaulting in via Blackhawks.
Lines 24-25 The pilots declared they would not fly back into the valley without ground support.
Lines 29-30 The Shockers PL, LT Brett Erickson, would be the senior officer in the ten-truck convoy.
Lines 35-36 Mk-19s, mortars, and a .50 cal for the Scouts, and as much extra for themselves as would fit.
Lines 38-39 The patrol snaked into the valley, past Kowte Ashrow and Esh-Ma-Keyl, every ditch and orchard pregnant with threat. SPC Graydon Kamp, riding
Lines 1-5 gunner in Davis’s truck, wondered why they were driving twenty-six clicks into the hottest valley in the AO. But as per Taliban protocol, Dog Company penetrated deep into Jalrez unmolested. When they reached the Scouts, it turned out the mission was a bust. The Scouts would be airlifted out after all.
Line 12 aimed his Mk-19, fired a 40mm grenade
Lines 19-21 First, they discussed an EXFIL plan and ways to signal future meetings.
Lines 2-3 the EXFIL birds for the Scouts
Lines 18-19 Movement began with the Dirty First in the lead, followed by the Schockers. For a couple of clicks, the convoyed growled east toward Airborne.
Lines 7-9 Blackhawk trail bird. Ahead, the C2 helo flew nap-of-the-earth into Jalrez, hugging the contours of the valley wall until an RPG seared skyward, forcing the pilots to a higher altitude.
Lines 32-32 A section of two F-15 Eagles then arrived on station.
Lines 33-35 The convoy below began to roll east, like a line of camouflage boxcars confined to a single track. Kay watched as the convoy temporarily halted. Word from the C2 bird was they were blowing an IED in place.
Lines 36 The Blackhawk pilots took up a wary holding pattern.
Lines 1-2 “Fly ahead by about three clicks!” Kay yelled to the pilot. I’m looking for an ambush!”
Line 22 the Apaches
Lines 17-19 The Blackhawk passed through the smoke of battle, banked and picked up speed, close in trail of two Apaches that were painting the roadsides with their cannons.
Lines 21-22 The Apaches peels up and away, leaving the Blackhawk exposed long enough for the pilot to enter a near-ground hover.
Lines 27-29 The Apaches and D Company gunners scattered the attackers, and the rest of the convoy crept forward, moving away from the potshots of the fleeing remnant. Kamp’s driver pulled next to 4-4, putting Kamp level with Colon.
Lines 4-6 Hill was sitting in the Bagram terminal waiting to catch a hop back to FOB Salerno … Bagram to Salerno.
Lines 23-24 the CI agents whose team had dismantled Airborne’s spy network.
Lines 31-32 Dave was enroute to get eyes on the situation there and set in motion his team’s CONOP for busting insider threats.
Lines 20-24 The spy-busting operation was changing the way CI operatives targeted insider threats, he explained. The op showed that outstanding results might be possible if CI managed the entire process – from threat identification to questioning to Intel exploitation and ultimately detentions.
Lines 12-15 informing improvements as to how Army CI and other National level members of the IC targeted insider threat networks.
Lines 15-16 CI Agent Dave and his team
Line 20 CI agents