GLOBAL INTEGRATED ISR: A BETTER ORGANIZATIONAL CONSTRUCT FOR AIR FORCE LD/HD ISR
AIR WAR COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States
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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 DensityHigh Demand LDHD. Current worldwide demand for LDHD 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, LDHD 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.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Military Intelligence