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Definition/Scope: (FM 2-0) Debriefings are the systematic questioning of individuals to procure information to answer specific collection requirements by direct and indirect questioning techniques. Sources for debriefings are categorized as friendly forces, US and non-US civilians to include refugees, displaced persons, and local inhabitants. (FM 2-22.3) Debriefing is the process of questioning cooperating human sources to satisfy intelligence requirements, consistent with applicable law. The source usually is not in custody and usually is willing to cooperate. Debriefing may be conducted at all echelons and in all operational environments. The primary categories of sources for debriefing are refugees, émigrés, DPs, and local civilians; and friendly forces. (FM 6-01.1) Mission debriefs occur immediately after a unit completes a mission. They capture information before Soldiers forget it. Higher headquarters personnel normally perform these debriefs. Mission debriefs may include all unit members and attached personnel, especially at the lowest echelons. Higher echelon debriefs may include only unit leaders. Normally, mission debriefs are oral. Sometimes a written report is required. Information in written reports should include: size and composition of the unit conducting the operation; mission statement, including the form of maneuver or task (for example, patrol, raid), location, and purpose; departure and return times, routes used; detailed description of the terrain and enemy and civilian activities; results of any contact; and personnel and equipment status at the end of the operation.

Broader Terms:

Every Soldier a Sensor
human intelligence

Narrower Terms:

Internally Displaced Person
local national

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