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Recommendations for Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in the Year 2035 in a Cost Constrained Environment

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Air War College Maxwell AFB United States

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There is no crystal ball unveiling the future with perfect accuracy. The USAF must prepare for uncertainty but it is certain that the future requires global strike capabilities. Effective global strike requires accurate targeting information. Surveillance and reconnaissance conducted in air, space, and cyberspace is the best way to gain this information and turn it into knowledge all three domains are important, and all are required. In light of increasing technologic change, and fiscal restraints, this paper focuses on the following question in a severely cost constrained environment, how can the Air Force modernize its existing and emerging assets to perform airborne surveillance and reconnaissance in order to enable global strike in 2035 This paper argues that fiscal realities require a strategy taking advantage of merging new technology on legacy systems.

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