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The minimum unambiguous citation for this manual is: FM 30-16, 1969.


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This manual superseded FM 30-16, 19 September 1966, which as available in the UNL Digital Commons at:


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This manual defines technical intelligence and explains the technical intelligence process. It briefly discusses the top level Army technical intelligence production organizations, which at that time were Foreign Science and Technology Center, the Missile Intelligence Directorate of the US Army Missile Command, and the Medical Intelligence Office of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army.

It explains the technical intelligence activities and planning in US Forces in the field.

Considerable attention is given to explaining the proper procedures for recovery and evacuation of foreign equipment and documents.

The appendices contain an extensive list of references, the categories of technical intelligence, and an example of a technical intelligence plan.