The last 16 years of continuous conflict with multiple terrorist organizations around the world taught the military one lesson: the importance of information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan saw a revolution in ISR platforms, sensors, analytic capabilities and organizations. Today, the U.S. faces new challenges posed by prospective adversaries with medium and even high-end capabilities. The Pentagon is responding with new operational concepts that will require more and better ISR. I discuss the changing demands for ISR platforms and sensors for The National Interest here.
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