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NEWS | Nov. 30, 2023

Army Reserve interrogation battalion trains with military police during Titan Warrior 23

By 1st Lt. Jungyong Kim 338th Military Intelligence Battalion (Interrogation)

The 338th Military Intelligence Battalion (Interrogation), Interrogation Group, Military Intelligence Readiness Command, conducted annual training between July 23 and Aug. 4, 2023 and participated in Titan Warrior 23.

Titan Warrior 23 is an Army Reserve, multinational, multifunctional, military police exercise with a detention operations focus. The 290th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command hosted the exercise. Approximately 900 Soldiers participated this year.

The battalion’s training included mobilization and deployment exercises that took the unit from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to Camp Shelby, Miss.

Upon arrival at Titan Warrior, Soldiers conducted interrogations and debriefings at a newly established expeditionary Joint Interrogation Debriefing Center. The battalion staff also rehearsed interfaces required to operate alongside military police units conducting detention operations missions.

The 304th and 160th Military Police Battalions, 290th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command operated Camp Bobcat, a simulated theater detention facility, while other units established detainee holding areas. There military intelligence Soldiers supported screening, questioning and interrogations of role players. Rehearsing shared custody and control of detainees is a critical skill.

Soldiers and officers from the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, participated in simulated interrogation operations and worked alongside the 338th Military Intelligence Battalion (Interrogation) within the Joint Interrogation Debriefing Center.

U.S. Army Capt. Victoria Martin, assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, said that the training was well-planned and enhanced their comprehension of interrogation operations. “The training reinforced our understanding of JIDC operations and brought our home station training into perspective,” said Martin.

The training provided context to military intelligence task training previously conducted at home-station. Interrogators divided into shifts, which added realism. Contracted role players received intensive and detailed instruction that provided necessary cues during interrogations. Each session ended after Soldiers received feedback from role players and observer controller-trainers.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through its Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) initiative, contributed an artificial intelligence surveillance system to oversee and manage detainees during Titan Warrior 23. This collaboration offered valuable insight into the integration of artificial intelligence within current detainee operations and intelligence doctrine.

URSA cameras and sensors mounted to robots, patrolled the camp exterior and monitored role player interactions. Military intelligence Soldiers and the military police were then able to glean valuable information regarding interpersonal associations inside of a detention facility. This cutting-edge AI solution supports possible modernization priorities within multiple fields.

Military intelligence Soldiers also received opportunities to train alongside soldiers from Canada and Belgium. The multinational contingent participated in detention facility operations.

U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Tenay Benes, battalion commander of the 338th Military Intelligence Battalion, said, "The opportunity to test our screening, interrogation, debriefing, and interviewing tactics with our military police partners has proven to be invaluable. As a result of this exercise, we have discovered opportunities for increased collaboration and better coordination.” Benes elaborated, “We've also had a lot of Army fun here - riding helicopters, working with detainees, and playing with robots!"

The 338th Military Intelligence Battalion (Interrogation) is a deployable interrogation battalion assigned to the Military Intelligence Readiness Command’s Interrogation Group. The unit is headquartered in San Antonio Texas.