Although the 13th ESC G-2 section built a strong foundation for conducting ISR operations and had a sound, systematic approach, the program required growth.
The 103d ESC's G-2 section was not trained in collection management or imagery analysis.
With ISR as both a G-2 and command goal, the G-2 reprioritized and redistributed the workload among the team, freeing up time and energy.
Danilo Rodriguez, a former guerrilla who is now a lawyer and political analyst in Guatemala, also says that the G-2 "has carried out this kind of operation" in the United States and Mexico.
In interviews, two former G-2 members and two former soldiers also said they know G-2 is running operations inside the United States.
He had the typical military-style haircut and carried a woven bag used by G-2 to hide their machine guns.
Another, a weapons expert known as Joe Jacarino, has operated throughout the Caribbean, and has accompanied G-2 units on missions into rural zones.
Celerino Castillo, a former agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration who dealt with the G-2 and the C.
He said that agency operatives often come to Guatemala on temporary duty, during which they train G-2 men and provide "advice and technical assistance.