Battle Tracking is a process to determine enemy current and likely future activity. Situation development utilizes “all source intelligence,” including signals intelligence, imagery, and human intelligence among others, to accurately assess the current enemy situation and its impact on future friendly operations.
Intelligence is a process and a product. This is one of the best explanations of the process I’ve seen.
Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace (IPB), also known as an Area Study is the first group collective task of Intelligence and is the cornerstone of informing one’s reality with reality.