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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Integration

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The Deputy Secretary of Defense, in an effort to accelerate the development of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance C4ISR integration and architecture efforts in the Department of Defense, directed that a DoD-wide Integration Task Force ITF be created. He designated Assistant Secretary of Defense C3I to sponsor, organize and manage this effort. The Defense Science Board DSB was requested then to establish a Task Force on C4ISR Integration to assist this internal DoD process by providing Advice to the ITF chairman on all aspects of C4ISR integration. Separate reports of its judgments on these matters to the Department. The Terms of Reference for this Task Force are attached as Appendix A and the list of members as Appendix B. The DSB Task Force met four times with the leaders of the ITF. During each meeting, the ITF leaders described the process, organization and results of the ITF efforts to date. Based on these interactions, the DSB Task Force formulated a set of inputs for consideration by the ITF. Two letter reports were submitted by the DSB Task Force during the course of its deliberations. The Task Force discussed the Departments ITF efforts with regard to DoD-wide C4ISR integration. Although the Task Force was impressed by the size and scope of the ITF effort and the dedication and quality of people involved, the Task Force concluded that the Departments ITF efforts were overly broad and complex. The ITF tasks were made very difficult to accomplish by the fractionated and stovepiped nature of the C4ISR stakeholder community, particularly with regard to programmatic and fiscal responsibilities.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Intelligence
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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