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The minimum unambiguous citation for this document is: HQ AMC GO 5, 1968.


This order was provided to the depositor by the AMC Historical Office in September 1985.

When this order was issued, one function of general orders was to permanently restructure military organizations. With this order the Army Materiel Command convert the intelligence staff of US Army Missile Command into an intelligence production agency.

In 1956 the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) was established to manage the Jupiter IRBM program. In June 1956, the ABMA commander, Major General John Medaris, established a staff intelligence section within the ABMA. The ABMA became the US Army Missile Command when the army was reorganized in 1962.

Army general orders were issued by a given organization were numbered sequentially during each calendar year. Therefore, the organization, the serial number, and the date must be included to unambiguously identify a given order.


This order established the Missile Intelligence Directorate (MID) as an intelligence agency assigned to the US Army Missile Command to “… develop, maintain, and disseminate foreign scientific and technical intelligence concerning ground forces, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, and anti-ballistic missile systems in response to valid Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and Army Materiel Command production requirements.”

This order established the second intelligence production organization within the Army Materiel Command. The first being the US Army Foreign Science and Technology Center.