The ISR Traffic Jam: How to Improve ISR Operations in INDOPACOM

As the United States pulls ISR assets from Afghanistan and shifts its focus to the Pacific, some will argue for the same failed ISR strategies that CENTCOM followed for over a decade. Like the build bigger roads argument for solving traffic, there will be a desire in INDOPACOM to throw more and more ISR assets into the theater to solve intelligence gaps. This paper highlights why this line of reasoning is flawed and offers a way ahead for INDOPACOM ISR mission planners.

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