Accession Number:

ADA422709

Title:

Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance In Support Of Operation Iraqi Freedom: Challenges For Rapid Maneuvers And Joint C4isr Integration And Interoperability

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

While aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs and C4I systems played a critical role in the coalitions success against the Iraqi regime during Operation Iraqi Freedom, at the operational level of war, the C4I and airborne ISR assets experienced significant seams in their ability to provide timely, accurate, fused, and actionable intelligence to Strategic, Operational and Tactical users. The key factors affecting the ability of ISR assets to support rapid maneuvers during OIF included compressed engagement times, incompatible and inadequate C4ISR systems, eleventh hour TTP and planning considerations, a lack of intelligence analysis tools, and Service unfamiliarity with the other Service ISR capabilities. The operational commander can take several steps to stem the tide of significant ISR seams experienced during OIF. Foremost among them is to engage JFCOM Joint Forces Command in its role as the DoDs executive agent for joint interoperability and integration to support and sponsor joint exercises that focus on C4ISR training requirements in a joint environment. Services must receive guidance through JFCOM to ensure future C4IISR systems are not procured in such a way to field stovepipe systems unable to function in a joint war fighting environment. Finally, joint doctrine for ISR must be updated to discuss decision making tools necessary to support ISR operations during rapid maneuvers.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE