Realizing the Potential of Analytics: Arming the Human Mind
AIR FORCE WEAPONS SCHOOL NELLIS AFB NV WEAPONS SQUADRON (19TH)
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The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 911 exposed an analytical deficiency within the intelligence community. However, the US Air Force has invested in expanding collection capacity, as evidenced by the 375 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR platforms added since 911. More remarkably, the increase in ISR platforms has come at a time when the total Air Force inventory has decreased by 500 aircraft. ISR platforms such as the RQ-4, MC-12, and MQ-1 directly address an important element of ISR--but at the cost of other critical elements, such as intelligence analysis. Air Force Doctrine Document 2-0, Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Operations, defines global integrated ISR as the cross-domain synchronization and integration of the planning and operation of ISR assets sensors processing, exploitation and dissemination systems and, analysis and production capabilities across the globe to enable current and future operations. However, todays investment in collection capacity does not address the mounting limitations of intelligence analysis initially highlighted by the 911 Commission in 2004.
- Military Intelligence
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics