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U.S. ISR & C2 Battle Management Survey 2016: Results

Defence IQ surveyed over 300 people involved in the U.S. Intelligence Community, from government and military employees to commercial solution-providers, in order to find out how the collective feels about current acquisition policies, public-private relationships and the latest technology trends. Here's what we discovered...

New Insight: Senior figures discuss U.S. ISR developments

The proliferation of ISR technologies over the past decade of conflict in the Middle East and Central Asia has led to these assets becoming a mission critical component in operations. With new operating environments come new threat types and new capability challenges. In order to maintain information dominance the Intelligence Community needs to take the global lead and strive for intelligence generation, analysis and dissemination excellence.

The following interviews were conducted at the international iteration of the Summit in February 2016, where the subject matter leaned heavily on airborne assets, but also increasingly on sensor fusion, PED and data analysis. A number of senior U.S. Air Force and NATO officers - including Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris, ACC, and Col. Dale Van Dusen, AFLCMC - joined private companies operating in the U.S. and abroad, discussing the issues they felt were of most importance in this arena. As a taster of November’s conference, we encourage our readers to explore the developments in the specific realm of American military and law enforcement and identify ways in which integration, collaboration and innovation can be improved to progress ISR into a reliable and cost-effective posture…


U.S. Air Force prioritises investment in JSTARS programme

The U.S. Air Force is now courting enthusiastic interest from the world’s leading aerospace firms, having allocated $70 million in the FY 2015 budget request for a next-generation replacement to the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS). Current plans are to bring the new surveillance aircraft into operation by 2022. At present, the JSTARS fleet is comprised of 16 E-8C aircraft (11 operational) based on a modified Boeing 707-300 airframe, each equipped with long-range synthetic aperture radars and a Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) that can find, track and identify ground targets at a distance of up to 124 miles. The current capability is still considered to be operating to a high standard, but as the platform is simply ageing, a swap-out is needed that improves and capitalises on the existing technology without trying to reinvent the wheel. In response to the requirement, Boeing announced in September that it will be pitching a variant of its 737-700

USAF airborne ISR capabilities set for $2.5 billion boost with Joint STARS Recapitalization programme

U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Owens, Theater Battle Control Division chief, discusses battle management priorities with industry partners during a Hanscom Representatives Association meeting in Lexington, Mass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt) The Joint STARS Recapitalization programme, a project designed to upgrade and modernise the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), could be worth $2.5 billion in development funding alone over the next five years according to USAF acquisition official Colonel Scott Owens.. [Access the complete article below]

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Colonel Dale Van Dusen, USAF

Colonel Dale Van Dusen, Deputy PEO Battle Management, AFLCMC, US Air Force, discusses Joint STARS recapitalization.

ISR & C2 Battle Management: Highlights from London, 2016

Every year, the global intelligence community attends the ISR & C2 Battle Management Summit in London, UK, and Washington DC, USA. The event brings together over 180 Chiefs of Staff, Commanders of ISR, National Intelligence Leaders, Program Executive Officers and Industry Directors from across the globe to discuss the challenges and success shaping Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management for the current dynamic world of conflict and into the future.

Here, the community shares best practice, offers recommendations for greater interoperability with partners and provides updates on their latest modernizations. With the promotion of information sharing and engagement a key theme running throughout the meeting, the event provides a unique opportunity for leaders to strengthen messages of cooperation with key allies and counterparts across the world.

Colonel Paul Caltagirone, USAF

Colonel Paul Caltagirone, Chief of Joint Integration and Interoperability, AF/A2CJ ISR Capabilities, US Air Force, discussing Process, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED).

Amish Patel, IBM Analytics

Amish Patel, Global Leader, IBM Analytics, discusses the demand for data solutions from government and military.

Major General Jerry D. Harris, USAF

Major General Jerry D. Harris, Jr., Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, US Air Force, discussing the challenges of ISR capacity and capability.

Matt Roper, NATO

Matt Roper, Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NATO Communications and Information Agency, discusses the ISR & C2 Battle Management conference and the developments in this domain.

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Intelligence in the Air: Tracking the Progress of the Top U.S. Projects

August 2015
A look into the latest development news across the biggest airborne ISR programmes currently underway in the United States. Including progress on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), delays to the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS), plans for upgrades to the  Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) of the Air Force, and news on the Army and Navy DCGS proposals. Read more...

NATO ISR facing a "mounting threat", say intelligence chiefs

February 2015
The emergence of new conflicts in the past twelve months has forced new demands on airborne ISR assets. In response, intelligence chiefs are calling for major changes to spending priorities before these problems become insurmountable. Defence IQ's Richard de Silva speaks with Rear Admiral Brett Heimbigner, director of the Intelligence Division at the NATO International Military Staff; Brigadier David Evans, the Royal Navy’s Head of Information Superiority; and Matt Roper, Chief of the Joint ISR Team at NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).

Getting above the competition in the Airborne ISR Market

The global market for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and payloads is thriving, with recent assessments pegging its latest value at close to $20 billion and forecasts of up to $43 billion by 2020. Providing a high-end, versatile capability that offers broad situational awareness, airborne ISR is the force multiplier that no modern military can be without – and recognition of this fact has led to a race for information superiority in the sky...

ISR and AEW Aircraft Global Market Report: 2015-2016

The global market for airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.2% between 2013 and 2023, despite shrinking military budgets - airborne ISR represents the eyes and ears of modern defence forces, and major U.S. projects such as the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) have attracted attention from leading aerospace and defence companies all over the world, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Now, the rest of the world is following suit. View the market report for the latest updates and inventories across the world...


ISR & C2 Battle Management U.S. 2017 Attendee List

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Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management: Earlier this year...

View the overview of the innaugural Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management conference held in London, UK, in February 2014 and see what the response was like from both our senior military participants and those industry professionals providing the latest in high-end aircraft, equipment and services.

BAE Systems: Effective training for airborne ISR

Susan Oakley, Technical Director at BAE Systems, explains the company's approach to training, specifically in the field of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at the 2014 Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management conference held in London, UK.

Northrop Grumman: Unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance

Walt Kreitler, Director of Business Development at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, updates us on the performance of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Northrop Grumman: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Jay Mulhall, Director of Business Development at Northrop Grumman for the E-2/C-2 programme, discusses the huge steps that the company has been taking in developing and trialling the latest Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft.

US Army: Airborne Intelligence

Colonel Adam Hinsdale, Deputy Director of ISR Programs for the US Army, spoke to us at the London conference about the most recent developments and overall challenges from the Army's perspective when it comes to integrating airborne ISR into effective cross-service operations.

Royal Air Force: Purposing ISR aircraft for civil response

Wing Commander Jim Beldon, Officer Commanding 8 Squadron, UK Royal Air Force, discusses recent operations under which the RAF has assisted in providing vital ISR coverage from the sky during civil emergencies and the prospects for the future.

NATO: Supporting allied airborne ISR

Brigadier General Michael Hain, General Manager at NAPMA, discusses the overarching NATO perspective on interoperability for ISR systems and data among member states. 

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Survey Report 2017

We surveyed over 200 people within the U.S Intelligence community, from government and military employees to solution providers and academics. This survey report gives an insight into the collective feeling about current focus areas for ISR & C2 BM, and the interaction between the government and other industries on ISR & C2 BM solutions.

Combat Cloud

Defence IQ has written a short paper on the Combat Cloud concept and how this will enable Fusion Warfare to be realized in the future multi domain battlespace. The ‘Combat Cloud’ concept is strongly advocated by Lt. General (ret) David A. Deptula, current Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies who will be co-chairing the ISR & C2 Battle Management USA conference.

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Defence IQ’s ISR and C2 Battle Management U.S. 2016 Conference Attendee List

Taking place in Washington in early November, Defence IQ’s 4th annual ISR and C2 Battle Management U.S. conference is an industry hub and will once again gather leading defense and aerospace OEMs and SMEs, as well as emerging and established technologists, to showcase cutting-edge, high impact solutions, share innovations in defence procurement and take part in discussions regarding the military/technology advantage.

The event is unique and a vital opportunity to get insight into the direction of the U.S. strategic intelligence roadmap, by gathering senior representatives from the Air Force, Navy, Army and industry innovators - take a look at who attended in 2016 by downloading the attendee list.

If you are interested in finding out how to get involved please contact Richard Brookes on: +44 (0) 207 368 9300 or sponsorship@iqpc.co.uk