Non-Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: A Challenge to USMC Fixed Wing Tactical Aircraft
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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In combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF 05-07, 95 of the USMC fixed-wing tactical aircraft FW TACAIR, FA-18 Hornets and AV-8B Harriers, sorties were dedicated to nontraditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance NTISR missions.1 Using FW TACAIR as reconnaissance and collection platforms appears from the outside to be a benign mission, easy to execute and to sustain in extended combat operations. In reality, NTISR missions are very difficult to execute properly and have had negative effects on FW TACAIR. The USMC must make fundamental changes to the way the NTISR mission is executed because a continued reliance on the FW TACAIR community, despite the benefits, will result in dilapidated airframes and poor combat support.
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