Kabul, Afghanistan // 9 February, 08:22
They had been sitting silently outside the apartment building in Kabul for three hours. And still no sign of the suspects.
The wait was long. But it was nothing compared to the months and months of hard work that had led up to it. It was a hunt that had taken them down every avenue.
But in the end, an attack on coalition forces was thwarted. Not because of an informant or exhaustive analysis, but because of a simple report shared between two separate intelligence groups.
For years, while intelligence teams were working for one goal, they weren’t always working as one team. At Mission Essential, we’re playing a big role in changing that. In this instance, as in so many others around the globe, Mission Essential was the integrator that connected two disparate organizations.
Mission Essential is helping to knock down walls and improve intelligence worldwide by combining the techniques, resources, and methods of a number of different intelligence players. Our analysts are making real progress in finding threats and saving lives all over the world.
Helmand Province, Afghanistan // 2 March, 04:00
The sun hadn’t risen yet on the chilly Afghan morning when the first shot rang out.
The camp was under attack. The insurgents had caught the US Special Forces camp by surprise. Mike C. from Mission Essential was there and sprang into action to defend the camp.
While the Special Forces unit engaged the enemy, Mike prepared the EOD robots, one of which killed the two remaining insurgents.
Then, after being released from the hospital, he went to work with a wide range of classified resources helping to determine who was responsible for the attack and getting his significant findings to the remaining members of the unit.
Even after he was redeployed, his focus on the mission never wavered, insisting to see the resume of his replacement just to be sure he was leaving the team in good hands.
At Mission Essential, we pride ourselves on bridging the gap between military units and various agencies to ensure seamless cohesion. Mike’s commitment to his mission and his team was the difference between success and failure.
An unnamed village, Yemen // 14 January, 15:45
With a cloud of dust, the military convoy came to a stop. Something didn’t look right.
Across the village square, a group of kids paused their soccer game to watch the massive vehicles sitting in the roadway while, one by one, heads began poking out of doorways and windows to observe the suspicious visitors.
Inside the lead Humvee, the soldiers double-checked their data and then after a moment, made a sharp turn to lead the others away from the main road.
It was a detour caused not by something the driver saw, but by something that Anthony J. from Mission Essential saw 6,000 miles away in the United States. By looking at multiple layers of data and Intelligence, Anthony is able to analyze routes and forecast possible IED locations.
It’s an analytical breakthrough that’s allowing us to map terrain with amazing detail, which is giving forces on the ground new insight to the situation around them and saving lives all over the world.