Air Force Intelligence Role in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (Maxwell Paper, Number 39)
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Air Force intelligence professionals play key roles in combating weapons of mass WMD destruction at combatant commands and components and national intelligence agencies. The Air Force, however, does not adequately prepare its intelligence analysts targeteers intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR operators and unit-level and air and space operations center AOC personnel with the knowledge and the expertise required to fill these positions. This paper examines the current status of Air Force intelligence WMD expertise and proposes recommendations for improvement using Air Force intelligence-distinctive capabilities predictive analysis, targeting, ISR operations, and unit-level and AOC operations as a framework for discussion. In the areas of predictive analysis, targeting, and unit-level and AOC operations, Air Force intelligence training courses do not provide the requisite WMD expertise. The Air Force must leverage its technical and scientific core and expert organizations across the government to improve training for intelligence personnel requiring WMD expertise. In the area of ISR operations, the Air Force requires enhanced collection capabilities and better marketing of existing capabilities across the intelligence community. This paper also recommends changes to Air Force intelligence training, technical WMD expertise, and marketing and collection capabilities to improve the nations ability to combat WMD.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Intelligence
- Nuclear Weapons