Military intelligence, commonly abbreviated as MILINT, is a military service that uses intelligence gathering disciplines to collect information which may be of use in the decision making process of commanders. This is achieved by providing an analysis of available data from a wide range of sources.

In order to provide an informed analysis, the commander's information requirements are first identified. These information requirements are then incorporated into a process of intelligence gathering, intelligence analysis, protection of this information, and finally, the dissemination of information to decision makers.

Areas of study may include the operational environment, hostile, friendly and neutral forces, the civilian population in an area of combat operations, and other, broader areas of interest. Intelligence activities are conducted at all levels, from tactical to strategic, in peacetime, the period of transition to war, and during a war itself.

These are your big-budget fat cats. US Armed Forces Military Intelligence. Central Security Service. G2. Aman. Different names, same game. These groups all exist for one reason and one reason only. To help their forces better kill the other guy. That's it. They might try to make the facts look pretty for you, salve your conscience. It's a lot like putting an ugly girl in a designer outfit. You can dress the truth up all you want, but at the end of the night, you still have to grit your teeth and do your duty.

—I, Spy