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Impact of Satellite Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on Modern Naval Operations.

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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The use of organic Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR assets is pervasive in historic and modern naval operations with platforms ranging from airborne, shipborne, subsurface, and organic ISR assets providing valuable situational awareness to naval commanders. The distinct difference between historic and modern carrier strike group deployments is the advent of satellite ISR. Satellite technological advancements give current naval commanders an unprecedented level of global awareness and connectivity even in the current age of near-peer adversaries. The focus of this study is to determine if afloat availability of satellite ISR, a technology that is relatively new, fundamentally changed naval operations. The research will determine the standard ISRoperations relationship before afloat satellite ISR availability, what capabilities were available once promulgated to afloat units, and resulting naval doctrinal shifts. Once observed or obtained, a comparative analysis will occur to determine deltas in naval operations before and after the afloat ISR shift.


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  • Military Intelligence

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[A, Approved For Public Release]