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Improving Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise Management
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Over the past decade, the U.S. defense budget grew at an extraordinary pace to support two wars in the Middle East. It was also supplemented by Oversees Contingency Operations funds. This abundance of resources diminished the need for scrutinized requirements and acquisition oversight. Today, the tide of war and defense spending is receding while the U.S. strives to renew its economic strength. The new Defense Strategic Guidance broadly outlines force structure cuts, and sets the stage for increased investments in ISR, space, and cyberspace capabilities. These investments will require a joint approach to eliminate duplication and redundancy, and strong management practices to ensure efficiency. This paper examines the Joint Requirements Oversight Councils role and the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development Systems process that is used to identify, validate and prioritize joint military requirements. It also describes the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligences responsibilities in managing and overseeing the ISR Enterprise, and provides potential options to improve ways to minimize gaps, shortfalls, and redundancies in ISR programming, planning and operations across the Department of Defense.
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