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The minimum unique citation for this document is FM 55-8, March 1970.


(1) This manual superseded FM 55-8, Dec 1961.

(2) This is a digital copy of a manual borrowed from the Marine Corps University.

(3) Since the army reuses document numbers and names, the date is necessary to identify a given document.

(4) In Section I, at the end, the page-numbering is hard to follow however the figures all appear to be there.


Obviously, reliable information about potential enemy transportation equipment, facilities, systems, capabilities is vital, since our forces may need to prevent an enemy from using them and we may need to use them. Transportation or mobility intelligence is such reliable information. This is a very thorough document describing the collection, production, and dissemination of transportation intelligence. The emphasis of this manual is collection of relevant information in the field.

The manual describes organizations and personnel in the army responsible for collecting transportation related information. It identifies the national-level military intelligence production agencies as:

(a) The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) which was responsible for most aspects of transportation intelligence

(b) The Army Foreign Science and Technology Center (FSTC) which was responsible for intelligence concerning the weapons and equipment of ground forces

(c) The Army Missile Intelligence Directorate (MID) which was responsible for the missiles and related equipment of ground forces

(d) The Navy Scientific and Technical Center (STIC)

(e) The Air Force Foreign Technology Center (FTD)

The Appendices contain:

(1) References

(2) Information requirements concerning:

(a) Aviation facilities and equipment

(b) Inland waterways

(c) Motor transportation facilities and equipment

(d) Ports, beaches, and landing areas

(e) Railroads and railroad-related facilities and equipment

(f) Miscellaneous transportation means, facilities, and equipment

(3) Samples of intelligence photographs

(4) Samples of actual reports illustrating the formats for reporting information of various types