Gathering raw information to turn into good intelligence can be undertaken in two main ways on Trail of the Ark.
1. Mission Oriented
Mission oriented intelligence requirements form a fundamental part for not only military needs, but in a highly competitive business world, for industry in general. An army combat officer, out in the field, often relies totally on the quality of sound information, fed by a qualified intelligence operator. Should there be a lack of required knowledge, known as information gaps, then the rational step would be to request someone to gather it, often fast! An officer facing an expected attack, or a board director anticipating a hostile take over, would also need that information before facing a threat. Therefore, timely information is highly important. It’s no point delivering great intelligence after the field has been overrun.
Accordingly, the one ion charge of an operation will request a mission specifically targeted towards gathering the required information. Typical questions might be – from which direction can we expect an attack, how many opponents could there be, and so on. This would therefore be a mission oriented intelligence requirement.
2. Archived Sources
In most fields of industry, learning, and life in general, gathering information is a vital part of completing a task, or even a military mission as discussed. Should information not be readily available, or hidden from us, then a pro-active approach such as a mission oriented task, would be the way to go. But more often than not, the required information could be sitting in some library, internet web-site, or countless other places. Gathering archived sources is in the domain of the research facilitator. We all get involved in that process at some time or other.
Trail of the Ark uses both the above approaches when it comes to gaining timely intelligence. In many senses a mission oriented approach can also be considered to be a type of research project. But it is more associated with gathering information from an entity that wishes to hide it for whatever reason. Under such circumstances it can hardly be described as originating from an archived source. There is a point here. The need to protect information can be as vital to a mission’s success as gathering intelligence. In the murky field of espionage and counter-intelligence, false information can be planted for the express purpose of confusing an opponent. That’s better known today as ‘fake news!’
What is the purpose of sharing this knowledge? As often mentioned, it would be naive to expect that coming close to finding such a world famous artefact would be greeted only with a friendly acknowledgment. We’re dealing with something that is associated with probably the most fought over place in history, and signs are that passions are far from cooling down. Accordingly, we see fit to proceed with appropriate caution, even when it comes to gathering or protecting information. There is yet another reason for sharing this. We look towards our fellow explorers on the trail as being intelligent and capable team members. At any time you might stumble upon or successfully research some vital clue that good make a huge difference to our intelligence cycle. It happens through human beings!
So having better understood about the needs for setting upon and protecting intelligence requirements, let’s move on.