Commander: U.S. Intel Community 'Only Marginally Relevant' In Afghanistan : The Two-Way U.S. intelligence efforts in Afghanistan have not been effective, top NATO intel officer says.

Commander: U.S. Intel Community 'Only Marginally Relevant' In Afghanistan

"NATO's top intelligence official has ordered significant changes to information-gathering in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. intelligence community is now only 'marginally relevant' to the mission there," the Associated Press writes.

Indeed, U.S .Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn and his co-authors of a report released yesterday say that "having focused the overwhelming majority of its collection efforts and analytical brainpower on insurgent groups, the vast intelligence apparatus is unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate and the people they seek to persuade." (Their report is online here.)

One change Flynn is making:

Select teams of analysts will be empowered to move between field elements, much like journalists, to visit collectors of information at the grassroots level and carry that information back with them to the regional command level.

News of Flynn's bleak assessment of current intelligence work in Afghanistan and his order for changes comes in the wake of last week's suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officers.