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2 Military Intelligence

2 Military Intelligence (Exploitation) Battalion is a regular Army unit under the operational command of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, within Force Troops Command.

The Unit’s mix of capabilities are unique in the Army, Defence and wider Government. The Battalion is focused on two main areas:

Materiel and Personnel Exploitation (MPE)

2 MI (Exp) Bn has taken a number of its forensic technical capabilities such as biometrics, fingerprinting and the examination of media devices and weapons and integrated them under an MPE construct. Consolidating the Army’s exploitation capabilities ensures that information derived from different sources can be rapidly fused to provide commanders with actionable intelligence to facilitate effective decision making.

  • Recovered material, in various forms, can be exploited to gain critical information regarding our adversaries’ capabilities and intentions.
  • When deployed, an MPE operator may work alongside bomb disposal teams to collect pressure plates, mobile phones, weapons or any other object that requires examination.
  • All intelligence exploitation techniques are forensically sound and steps are taken to ensure that contamination does not occur; the use of gloves and face masks is fundamental to this.
  • MPE operators never touch IED-related material unless it has been cleared by Army weapons experts first.
  • Among the various forensics equipment used by soldiers in this role, the HazMat ID kit provides means by which chemical compounds, and therefore threats to deployed forces, can be rapidly identified.
  • In addition, MPE operators pull apart, download and examine recovered material to derive information - be it DNA, geographic or technical.

Counter Intelligence

In addition to MPE, 2 MI (Exp) Bn is the Army’s sole specialist CI collection asset. In this guise, operators seek to generate intelligence and understanding in order to protect Army and Defence assets, such as personnel, infrastructure and information, from a range of traditional and non-traditional threats. There are a variety of roles available for CI Operators, each requiring extensive and demanding training.

Experience gained in previous theatres is used by our soldiers to counter the current IED threat in Iraq and emerging threats elsewhere. Although 2 MI (Exp) Bn is based around a core of Intelligence Corps personnel, our understanding of our adversaries is enhanced by the expertise and training brought to the Battalion by the wide variety of cap badges within the unit, including Ammunition Technical Officers from the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Military Police.

This broad base of experience, which is continually refreshed through operational deployments and exercises, puts 2 MI (Exp) Bn in a strong position to contribute to the training of UK Forces and our allies and partners around the world. Demand for MPE trained personnel continues to increase; the challenge is significant but the rewards are tremendous.

If you would like to find out more watch MPE being used on exercise.

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