Accession Number : AD1038136


Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : NOBRIGA, NICHOLAS A

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Report Date : 06 Apr 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The unpredictable and complex global strategic environment the United States currently faces has stretched U.S. military forces thin around the world. The 2015 National Military Strategy emphasizes the importance of adapting to the changes in the global strategic environment, by suggesting the United States cannot afford to focus on only one area at the exclusion of others or attempt to be everywhere all at once. The United States must employ its limited resources with agility and flexibility in order to counter trans-regional threats seamlessly. This is especially true for the Air Forces fleet of U-2, RQ-4, RC-135, and E-8 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft it refers to as Low Density/High Demand (LD/HD). Current worldwide demand for LD/HD ISR outstrips available supply and spreads assets too thinly across Combatant Commander (CCDR) Areas of Responsibility. With worldwide threats regularly crossing Combatant Command boundaries, the process for managing operational control (OPCON) for Air Force, LD/HD ISR needs modification. The Air Force needs an OPCON arrangement giving it the authorities to actively manage assets and arbitrate disagreements between CCDRs for ISR collection priorities worldwide.

Descriptors :   united states special operations command , unified combatant commands , air force , national security , united states transportation command , search and rescue , reconnaissance , airlift operations , command and control , combat support , surveillance , military intelligence

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE