About Jerry W Jones

During 52 years with the US Army, Jerry Jones accumulated experience and knowledge regarding intelligence support to large-scale combat operations, adversary decision-making, requirements for future intelligence capabilities, and employment of intelligence capabilities in competition, crisis, and conflict.  He retired from government service on 2 Dec 2022.  

Jerry Jones, a native of Arkansas, began his Army career in 1970 as an Armor officer in the 1st Armored Division and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.  In 1972, after completing his first MI training course at Fort Huachuca, he was assigned to the Military Assistance Command Vietnam as a Theater Intelligence Analyst.  In this role, he tracked North Vietnamese logistics moving to South Vietnam and recommended targets for Air Force strikes.  Returning from Vietnam, he was assigned as the Chief of the Analysis and Production Section, 1st Military Intelligence Company, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley.  Under the operational control of the Assistant Chief of StaffG2, he prepared and led his soldiers on three Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER) exercises (certification exercise for large scale combat operations against the Russians, et al).  He then served in the Federal Republic of Germany, first as a battalion S-2 for an Improved HAWK Battalion followed by the Chief of the All-Source Intelligence Center in the 504th MI Battalion (Prov) working directly for the 1st Armored Division G2 developing and presenting real world all source intelligence assessments to division leaders.  

In 1980, he served as a Project Officer on a science and technology intelligence collection support team in the U.S. Army Systems Exploitation Detachment, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Fort Meade, MD.  During this tour, he became a member of the GREAT SKILL program and led a unique team dedicated to collecting information on Warsaw Pact armor and anti-armor programs. He then served as a Program Manager in a Field Operating Agency, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army.  He led a sensitive command and control warfare (C2W) operation that directly impacted theater nuclear force survivability in Europe.   He was an instructor in a course managed by the Joint Staff J3.  Using his C2W expertise in Operation DESERT STORM, he orchestrated an operation that was credited with saving the lives of many U.S. and Coalition personnel.  

Promoted to Colonel, he became the Deputy Director for Operations and Investigations, U.S. Army Foreign Counterintelligence Activity, INSCOM, where he supervised the Army’s worldwide strategic counterespionage activities designed to neutralize the impact of foreign intelligence services.  In 1994, he was attached to the National Counterintelligence Center (NCIC) collocated with the Central Intelligence Agency. 

He assumed command of the INSCOM Training and Doctrine Support (ITRADS) Detachment, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1995.  While assigned to ITRADS, he led a lessons learned team reviewing the first six months of the NATO mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Later, he was selected to be the commander of the Allied Military Intelligence Battalion (AMIB) in Sarajevo, where he planned and directed NATO CI and HUMINT operations in direct support of the Commander, Stability Force.  After this command, Colonel Jones returned to his position as Commander of ITRADS, from which he retired with 30 years of active-duty service in 2000.

Upon retirement, he accepted a position as a contractor at Fort Huachuca training the intelligence soldiers assigned to Stryker Brigades. In 2001, Mr. Jones became the civilian Chief of Concepts, Architectures, and Requirements (CAR), Directorate of Combat Developments, U.S. Army Intelligence Center.  In this position, he orchestrated a staff that developed the requirements and supporting documentation for future intelligence organizations.  In 2003, he was on a lessons learned team that visited Iraq to reviewed CI and HUMINT activities.  He wrote the first White Paper on Intelligence Fusion requirements and was a key member of the General Officer Tiger Team that validated every MI requirement in the Modular Force.  He personally briefed the Tiger Team results to the CG, TRADOC, who approved all the requirements for transmittal to the DA Staff.   In 2005, he became the Director of INSCOM DET 52 (formerly ITRADS DET).  DET 52 represents INSCOM and responds to Intelligence Proponent needs in the development of future concepts, organizational designs, materiel requirement delineation, training development, doctrine development and Intelligence Proponency actions.  In this position, he routinely briefed students attending USAICoE courses, e.g., Captains Career Course.    

He was inducted into the MI Hall of Fame on 27 June 2008.  

MILITARY EDUCATION (MEL 1 awarded July 1993).

July 1970 – September 1970: US Army Armor Center & School, Ft Knox, KY, to attend Armor Officer Basic Course, granted MOS 1203 (currently known as 12B).

January 1972 – March 1972: US Army Intel Center and School, Fort Huachuca, AZ, to attend Intel Staff Officers Course, granted MOS 9301 (currently known as 35A).

January 1976 – August 1976: US Army Intelligence Center and School, Fort Huachuca, AZ, to attend Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course.

November 1979 – December 1979: US Army Intelligence Center and School, Fort Devens, MA, to attend Strategic Cryptologic Officer Course, granted MOS 37B (currently known as 35A1G).

January 1983 – April 1983: Military Operations Training Course; a 14-week Area Intelligence MOS producing course; granted MOS 36B (currently known as 35A2F).

January 1985 – July 1985: Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. Equivalent to Army Command and General Staff College. 

July 1992 – Awarded 6Z (Strategic Planner) additional skill identifier.

June 1992 – July 1994: US Army War College Corresponding Studies Course, Class of 1994.

Awards include Legion of Merit w1OLC, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal w/3 OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal w/1 star, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/2 stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Services Medal, NATO MEDAL, Saudi Arabia/Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation

Knowledge / Experience / Expertise – Skills

  • Intelligence Disciplines (Primary) – All Source Analysis, Counterintelligence (CI), Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
  • Intelligence Disciplines (Secondary) – Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), Measurement and Signatures Intelligence (MASINT), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  • Operational / Theater Level Strategy Planning
  • National Agencies’ Capabilities
  • Army Intelligence Capability Developments

Services – Advise and Recommend

  • Army Intelligence organizations’ structure, capabilities, and locations
  • Army Intelligence system requirements development and response
  • Army Intelligence system test and evaluation
  • Army Intelligence in Operations
    • Competition
      • Build partner capacity / multinational exercises
      • Deterrence
      • Build knowledge
  • Crisis
    • Indications and Warning
    • Shaping
  • Conflict – Multidomain
    • Large scale maneuver operations
    • Stability missions
    • Counterinsurgency activities
    • Adversary Decision Making (apply to military operations or commercial competition)


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