Tactical questioning

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Tactical questioning, according to the U.S. Department of Defense dictionary, is "[d]irect questioning by any Department of Defense personnel of a captured or detained person to obtain time-sensitive intelligence information, at or near the point of capture or detention and consistent with applicable law."

It is a term used to describe the action of "talking to the local population and initially questioning" Enemy Prisoners or War (EPWs) and/or detainees. Both "actions normally occur with the help of an interpreter." [1]

"Tactical questioning is the expedient initial questioning for information of immediate value. When the term applies to the interaction with the local population, it is more conversational in nature. This task can be designed to build rapport as much as to collect information and understand the environment.

"Tactical questioning should not be confused with HUMINT operations and does not include running sources—that is dangerous in many ways. Soldiers conduct tactical questioning based on the unit commander's priority intelligence requirements (PIRs) and mission." [2]

"The information that soldiers report as a result of tactical questioning forms a vital part of planning and operations. Careful and quick handling of EPWs/detainees and documents also helps the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) effort." [3]


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