The format of intelligence products matters. Commanders who think PowerPoint storyboards and color-coded spreadsheets are adequate for describing the Afghan conflict and its complexities have some soul searching to do. Sufficient knowledge will not come from slides with little more text than a comic strip. Commanders must demand substantive written narratives and analyses from their intel shops and make the time to read them. There are no shortcuts. Microsoft Word, rather than PowerPoint, should be the tool of choice for intelligence professionals in a counterinsurgency.
Whenever this topic comes up, I feel like I'm a shark that just smelled a drop of blood in the water, and I wind up ranting and raving. To protect my sanity, I'll just direct you to Jason and Matt, who have an excellent summary, as well as some classic anti-PowerPoint rants:
Me in Small Wars Journal--includes a reply from Admiral JC Harvey of the US Navy
And so forth and so on. Most of these articles contain great links as well, so check them out. Honestly, I'd write more on this topic, but I think quite a bit of it has been done before.