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Volume 26 Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2012

Senior Leader Perspective

Airmen: Delivering Decision Advantage
Airmen: Delivering Decision Advantage

Lt Gen Larry D. James, USAF
 
Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) provides global vigilance—our hedge against strategic uncertainty and risk—to the Air Force, the joint war fighter, and our nation. Our mission, in defense of America’s interests, is to... 


Feature Articles

For and From Cyberspace: Conceptualizing Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
For and From Cyberspace: Conceptualizing Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Col Matthew M. Hurley, USAF
 
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) remains a minor mystery to many people in the armed forces, who consider it an arcane endeavor shrouded in secrecy behind the fabled “green door.” Cyber operations—novel, ever-fluxing, and often... 


Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Strategic, Tactical . . . Both?
Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Strategic, Tactical . . . Both?

Maj Tyler Morton, USAF
 
Since the inception of Operation Enduring Freedom, manned airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) forces have evolved from their precounterinsurgency mission of conducting long-term strategic intelligence collection to become... 


The F-22 Acquisition Program: Consequences for the US Air Force's Fighter Fleet
The F-22 Acquisition Program: Consequences for the US Air Force's Fighter Fleet

Lt Col Christopher J. Niemi, USAF
 
This article, which examines the F-22 program from a historical perspective, seeks to answer two questions. First, given the unprecedented age of today’s fighter fleet, why did the Air Force acquire just 187 F-22s? Second, how could alternative... 


Personnel Recovery: Strategic Importance and Impact
Personnel Recovery: Strategic Importance and Impact

Col Lee Pera, USAF / Paul D. Miller / Darrel Whitcomb
 
This article is a treatise on personnel recovery (PR) at the strategic level of war, explaining the mission by reviewing its standing within the national security strategy, the national military strategy, and the guiding words of President Barack... 


Views

ISR Focus: A Culminating Point for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
ISR Focus: A Culminating Point for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Col Jon Kimminau, PhD, USAF, Retired
 
This article proposes that the Air Force is at a culminating point with regard to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). In 2011, the US pivot in national strategy, the forecast drawdown in Southwest Asia, the surge force... 


ISR Focus: Realizing the Potential of Analytics: Arming the Human Mind
ISR Focus: Realizing the Potential of Analytics: Arming the Human Mind

Maj Robert D. Folker Jr., USAF / Capt Kyle Benjamin Bressette, USAF
 
This article addresses the fact that, by increasing its investment in intelligence collection but not in analysis, the Air Force has created an analytic gap. It defines automated analysis, or analytics, as the utilization of algorithms to transform... 


Lightning Strikes and Thunder Claps: The Strategic Bomber and Air Superiority
Lightning Strikes and Thunder Claps: The Strategic Bomber and Air Superiority

Maj Wade S. Karren, USAF
 
The bomber has occupied the center of Air Force doctrine since the advent of airpower redefined power projection. Historically, air superiority has been more closely associated with the fighter force while bombers have played their crucial role in... 


Historical Highlights 

The Evolution of Air Force Targeting
The Evolution of Air Force Targeting

Capt John R. Glock, USAF
 
This article from the Fall 1994 issue of Airpower Journal was selected to complement the ISR focus of the current issue. Captain Glock delves into the history, importance, and implications of air targeting. The article provides an... 


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