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The ISR Traffic Jam: How to Improve ISR Operations in USINDOPACOM

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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Naval War College

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As the department of defense DoD, shifts its focus from counter insurgency CI operations toward great power competition GPC specifically in the United States Indo-Pacific Command USINDOPACOM theater, commanders and staff will need to prepare for an increase in ISR capable platforms. Without proper preparation and restructuring USINDOPACOM will experience a similar ISR traffic jam that CENTCOM has. Increased capability does not lead to increased efficiency or less intelligence gaps, this is due to several factors one being the principle of induced demand. To overcome these factors, USINDOPACOM commanders will need to replace the collection management model and delegate mission command authority to ISR mission commanders. Introducing mission command focused ISR operations would not only help prevent the ISR traffic jam but enable accurate assessment of ISR operations and ultimately greater efficiency.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Intelligence

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[A, Approved For Public Release]