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Secretary of Defense Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force

In April 2008, the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) stood up the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force (TF) to generate critical operational ISR capacity in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since its inception, the TF, under the direction of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Joint and Coalition Warfighter Support, Lt Gen Craig Koziol, has committed over $5B toward rapid acquisition, fielding and operational integration of vitally needed ISR capabilities for forces executing operations.  

Initially charged with identifying all U.S. military ISR assets worldwide to allocate a greater share to the Central Command (CENTCOM) theater - as well as increase the deployable capacity of the current set, the TF took the initiative and began acquiring and fielding additional ISR capabilities within significantly reduced timelines. While the overarching goal of the TF has remained the same, the primary focus has shifted from identifying efficiencies within the current ISR asset set to the acquisition of new capabilities focusing on rapid fielding, operational integration, and sustainment of new ISR capabilities that can have a direct and immediate impact on combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The TF is composed of eight Integrated Process Teams (IPTs) which focus on Futures & ISR Studies, Operational Concepts, Requirements, Rapid Acquisition, Communications, Operational Integration, Information Sharing & Collaboration, and Resources. These IPTs work in close coordination with CENTCOM, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Joint Staff, Services, and Combat Support Agencies. They have identified and broken down numerous administrative and other barriers; assessed unmet ISR demand; adapted to evolving requirements; pursued innovative solutions; and integrated capabilities required for today’s combat ISR needs. The TF strives to ensure complete ISR solutions and to maintain a balance between four critical areas: 1) Collection; 2) Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED); 3) Communications/Infrastructure; and 4) Information Sharing and Collaboration. By balancing the ISR TF portfolio, the TF maximizes the utility of existing and new ISR platforms and capabilities in support of combat operations.

TF efforts to date have included significant increases in full motion video; signals intelligence; PED and communications and supporting infrastructure capacity. Most recently, the TF re-focused its priority efforts to address ISR shortfalls and the rapid build up of ISR infrastructure in Afghanistan while at the same time sustaining ISR operations in Iraq. In partnership with CENTCOM and SOCOM, the ISR TF addressed a significant number of ISR challenges in support of OEF and OIF.

 

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