Ranger Regiment’s Military Intelligence Battalion (MIB)

Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion

The Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment is now an enduring part of the regiment. It was officially activated on June 16, 2020. It had been provisionally activated in May 2017 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The RMIB is assigned personnel who work as all-source intelligence analysts, drone operators, geospatial analysts, HUMINT collectors, and in the cyber, electronic warfare, and other fields. The RMIB personnel conduct full spectrum intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber, and electronic warfare operations.

The RMIB has a headquarters detachment and two companies. The Military Intelligence Company conducts multi-discipline collection and production, imagery collection, and dissemination of analysis. The Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Company conducts cyber, electronic, signals, and technical surveillance operations. The RMIB enhances the regiment’s situational awareness and informs the staff and commander during the decision-making process. The battalion will be based at Fort Benning, Georgia.

RMIB Officers and Enlisted. There are numerous military intelligence military occupational specialties within the RMIB. Those officers and enlisted who are assigned to the RMIB must pass physical requirements to include the Ranger Fitness Test, Ranger Physical Assessment Test, Combat Water Survivability Assessment, and a 12 mile foot march.

“Today the intelligence and cyber Rangers remain at the top of their fields, able to do things with their tools that are rarely matched by their peers. Each one of the RMIB Rangers earned their tan beret and scroll the same as every other military occupational specialty in the 75th Ranger Regiment formation. Everyone is a Ranger first.”

Lt. Col. Timothy Sikora, Commander, Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion, June 2020

The Ranger Regiment has been extremely busy the last two decades during the Global War on Terrorism. It has had years of non-stop combat deployments across the globe conducting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. The RMIB will enhance the ability of the regiment to find and fix (F3EAD) the enemy on the battlefield and conduct direct action missions. The personnel of the RMIB will improve networking within the intelligence community at large, interoperability between conventional and special operations forces, and relationships with partner nation forces. In addition, it will prepare the regiment for the adversaries that it will confront in the new era of ‘great power competition’.

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References:

Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion – Fort Benning
https://www.benning.army.mil/Tenant/75thRanger/RMIB-ABOUT.html

GoArmy.com – Ranger Battalions. A description of the units that make up the Ranger Regiment.
https://www.goarmy.com/ranger/about-the-army-rangers/army-ranger-battalions.html

Video – 75th Ranger Regiment: Joint the Military Intelligence Battalion, The 75th Ranger Regiment YouTube, February 19, 2019, 3 mins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWLMqRW3-N8

Lushenko, Maj. Paul A., U.S. Army, “The 75th Ranger Regiment Military Intelligence Battalion: Modernizing for Multi-Domain Battle”, Military Review, July-August 2018.

Skovlund Jr., Marty, “The 75th Ranger Regiment is Adding a Fifth Battalion”, Task & Purpose, May 17, 2017.

Image: From RMIB info page.


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