"There is nothing more necessary than good intelligence to frustrate a designing enemy, & nothing requires greater pains to obtain."
|George Washington as case officer in chief meets an agent|
The Yankee Doodle Spies series is intended in part as a tribute to the United States’ first army – the Continental Army, and to its first intelligence entity. In a sense, it is also a tribute to today’s Army and today’s Army intelligence.
Fortunately, 50 years ago this year the Army finally resolved the issue by creating Military Intelligence as a Branch, professionalizing its intelligence officer corps for the first time. The Army went a step further 25 years ago when it established the Military Intelligence Corps, incorporating its enlisted cadre into a professional body aimed at furthering the quality of intelligence provided to the United States Army.
The benefits of the creation of the MI Branch and Corps were many but first among them is a trained and dedicated cadre of men and women advocating for the arm of the service that George Washington valued so greatly.