Emerging Military Intelligence Systems and Use of Army Aviation in the Global War on Terrorism
As the United States enters its fifth year in its Global War on Terrorism, many insights and lessons learned have emerged in the areas of intelligence gathering and use of Army aviation in counter-insurgency operations. Colonel Mike Boardman (CMC '74), Director of the Army's Intelligence Electronic Warfare (IEW) Test Directorate, Fort Huachuca, AZ has served in a variety of key military intelligence command and staff assignments since he earned his degree in International Relations from CMC and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence via the CMC Army ROTC program in 1974. In 2002, Colonel Boardman served as the Director of Intelligence (J2) of Combined Joint Task Force 180 in Bagram, Afghanistan, the senior intelligence officer in theater focused on understanding, analyzing and finding Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan and other locations throughout the world. In his current assignment, Colonel Boardman directs all final phase testing on emerging IEW systems that will be fielded to our Soldiers in the coming months and used in the GWOT. Colonel Boardman, while on active duty, also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon (1977) and a Master of Arts in International Security Studies at the Navy War College (1997).
Captain Alejo, a native of Bakersfield, California and 1996 graduate of California State University, Fresno and their Army ROTC program, is currently an Army Acquisition officer assigned to the Army's Intelligence Electronic Warfare (IEW) Test Directorate, Fort Huachuca, AZ as a Test Officer for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Prior to his current assignment, Captain Alejo, an Apache attack helicopter pilot and Aviation Logistics officer, served as Aviation Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Iraq, assigned to the Army's 4th Infantry Division where he earned the Bronze Star and Air Medals for meritorious service in combat. Captain Alejo also served in Korea as an attack helicopter pilot and Scout Platoon Leader with the 6th Aviation Brigade (Attack) and in the Balkans with the Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment as a key Squadron staff officer in the conduct of peacekeeping operations.
Colonel Boardman and Captain Alejo are sponsored by the CMC Army ROTC program. CMC hosts one of the oldest Army ROTC programs in the country with lineage that dates back to 1916 when it began as the Pomona College Army ROTC program.