|“||provides rapid reporting on newly identified foreign weapon system capabilities to combatant commands, joint task forces, and national intelligence centers. Battlefield TECHINT supports operational and planning requirements during wartime operations, worldwide crisis, and contingencies.||”|
"Battlefield TECHINT analyzes previously inaccessible and unknown systems to collect rapid intelligence for use by warfighters and collects physical assets for long-term exploitation at national intelligence centers. . . .
"Battlefield TECHINT forces perform a unique and highly specialized mission. Their capabilities range from system identification and assessment to sophisticated field exploitation. Their efforts and products contribute to the development of new tactics and countermeasures and their intelligence is used in the development of future US weapon systems."
- FM 2-22.401, at I-3.