GulfLINK Database Description

Readers are now able to find the latest declassified operational traffic such as directives, plans, status reports, daily mission reports, logistics, intelligence, personnel, and operational summaries on GulfLINK

As of 30 June 1997, GulfLINK contains over 40,000 pages of recently-declassified intelligence, medical, and operational documents with potential relevance to the possible sources of Gulf War illness. In the future, GulfLINK will also contain additional declassified documents from the medical and operational communities within the Department of Defense (DoD). Please see the descriptions below for more information about the intelligence declassified document collection.

Intelligence Documents in GulfLINK

By the authority of, and in accordance with the direction provided by, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Department of Defense has searched for, identified, and reviewed its intelligence records for declassification and public release using the following guidelines:

Intelligence related to possible causes of Persian Gulf Veterans' illnesses is defined as that information acquired by the United States intelligence agencies which may report on the storage, deployment, or use of chemical, biological, or radiological weapons during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations. Additionally, this information will include, but is not limited to, any reports relating to outbreaks of disease, epidemics, or other widespread illnesses, that may have resulted from infection or environmental causes (oil well fires, toxic waste, flora, fauna, etc.), among the military forces or civilian population during the two cited operations.

Terms used in this guidance may be used as keywords to locate specific types of records.

The documents released have been reviewed for operational security, intelligence, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Privacy Act concerns and annotated accordingly. Please see the Explanation of Exemption Codes for more information regarding these annotations.

The records provided in these files are named according to the following convention: