Air Force

Post-Cold War


Castillo, Walbert. "Air Force Intel Uses ISIS 'Moron' Post to Track Fighters." CNN, 5 Jun. 2015. []

In a speech to the Air Force Association in Arlington, Virginia, on 1 June 2015, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, said "U.S. Air Force intelligence has been using" social media "to track down Islamic State militants." The general "gushed about the team at Hurlburt Field [Florida], home of the Air Force's 1st Special Operations Wing."

Committee on Examination of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Capability Planning and Analysis (CPA&A) Process; Air Force Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council. Capability Planning and Analysis to Optimize Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Investments. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2012.

"In this report, the committee reviews the current approach to the Air Force corporate planning and programming process for ISR capability generation; examines carious analytical methods, processes, and models for large-scale, complex domains like ISR; and identifies the best practices for the Air Force."

Deptula, Dave [LTGEN/USAF (Ret.)], and Mike Francisco [COL/USAF (Ret.)]. "Air Force ISR Operations: Hunting versus Gathering." Air and Space Power Journal 24, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 13-17. []

"This article argues that the Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) enterprise -- indeed, the US military itself -- must undergo a cultural transformation and trade the farmer's view of ISR (methodically producing information) for the hunter's view (anticipating, finding, and fixing an elusive and often dangerous prey) in order to meet the challenges of the coming decades and eliminate the segregation that has historically existed between ISR and operations."

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