Sense-Making in JADC2: AF ISR Driving Change

Abstract: As sensors blanket the earth, analysts find themselves drowning in data but starved for information. The Department of Defense (DoD) must smartly and quickly field artificial intelligence/machine learning, automation, and augmentation (AAA) capabilities that allow Airmen to make sense of the vast amount of data available when answering the Joint Force’s greatest problems. This article provides a roadmap explaining how sense-making Airmen (the means) enabled by AAA solutions (the methods) and an integrated battle network (the capabilities) is the change the military needs to compete against our technologically advanced adversaries and to execute Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations. The catch is that JADC2 is not an unimaginable concept to comprehend. Analysis and Exploitation Teams (AETs) enabled by initial AAA initiatives, a global architecture, partners, and accesses are already realizing JADC2 operations to a limited extent in theater. The military must realize these initial successes and aggressively innovate to maintain a strategic advantage against peer competitors. China is a world leader in advanced technologies and continues their quest to become a global leader in innovation; the United States must keep pace.

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