Transforming Air Force ISR for the Long War and Beyond (Wright Flyer Paper, Number 36)
AIR UNIV PRESS MAXWELL AFB AL
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The Air Force, and more specifically the jointcombined force air component commander JCFACC, firmly believes airpower must operate under the twin tenets of centralized control and decentralized execution to be effective. The Cold War ushered in an era of centralized execution of airborne strategic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR operations that bled into theater-level ISR execution in the 1990s and through Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This execution construct, coupled with ISR reachback exploitation, has created a perception that theater-level ISR operations are not responsive to tactical situations. Physical distances between the operational environment, combined air operations center CAOC, and exploitation units have fostered distrust and removed critical insight and ISR expertise from tactical level planning and execution. To maintain ISR relevancy at the tactical level, the JCFACC must change its tactical ISR organization and execution methodology. This paper draws on well-established close air support CAS doctrine and organizational models to build new ISR organizational and execution constructs to bridge the gap between theater-level ISR assets and tactical operations. These models bind ISR asset, exploiter, CAOC, and the supported unit through face-to-face interactions and standardized processes that apply across any theater of operations or combatant command.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Administration and Management
- Military Intelligence