Expanding the Roles of Army Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

  • Colonel Mark S. Levine

Over twelve years of warfare resulted in significant increases in manned and unmanned Army Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) capabilities. Leveraging these increased capabilities to meet national demands during an era of fiscal constraints warrants an expansion of AISR roles in Mission Command, Joint Fires, Defense Support of Civil Authorities, Homeland Security, and Building Partner Capacity. Mission command recommendations include classification policy reviews and leader development and engagement. Joint Fires recommendations include using AISR for terminal guidance of munitions, strike coordination, and munitions delivery. Increasing AISR roles in homeland missions strengthens public safety and inter-agency coordination. Sharing AISR with partners is a cost effective option to increase ISR capability to combatant commanders. Expanding AISR roles is an expeditionary and fiscally responsible means to support national strategy and is a catalyst for intergovernmental and multi-national cooperation in a fiscally constrained environment.