2 Military Intelligence (Exploitation) Battalion
Materiel and Personnel Exploitation (MPE)
2 MI (Exp) Bn has taken a number of its forensic technical capabilities such as biometrics, fingerprinting and the examination of media devices and weapons and integrated them under an MPE construct. Consolidating the Army’s exploitation capabilities ensures that information derived from different sources can be rapidly fused to provide commanders with actionable intelligence to facilitate effective decision making.
- Recovered material, in various forms, can be exploited to gain critical information regarding our adversaries’ capabilities and intentions.
- When deployed, an MPE operator may work alongside bomb disposal teams to collect pressure plates, mobile phones, weapons or any other object that requires examination.
- All intelligence exploitation techniques are forensically sound and steps are taken to ensure that contamination does not occur; the use of gloves and face masks is fundamental to this.
- MPE operators never touch IED-related material unless it has been cleared by Army weapons experts first.
- Among the various forensics equipment used by soldiers in this role, the HazMat ID kit provides means by which chemical compounds, and therefore threats to deployed forces, can be rapidly identified.
- In addition, MPE operators pull apart, download and examine recovered material to derive information - be it DNA, geographic or technical.
In addition to MPE, 2 MI (Exp) Bn is the Army’s sole specialist CI collection asset. In this guise, operators seek to generate intelligence and understanding in order to protect Army and Defence assets, such as personnel, infrastructure and information, from a range of traditional and non-traditional threats. There are a variety of roles available for CI Operators, each requiring extensive and demanding training.