Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

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ISR activities are most often associated with the Military Services as they are a critically important part of keeping our Country safe and our enemies in check.  But these same activities are also used extensively for non-military missions in our cities and communities – for such tasks as disaster relief, search-and-rescue, support of law enforcement & emergency responders, and other various public safety efforts.

The military-oriented definition of ISR is the coordinated and integrated acquisition, processing and provision of timely, accurate, relevant, coherent and assured information and intelligence to support commander’s conduct of activities. Land, sea, air and space platforms have critical ISR roles in supporting operations in general. By massing ISR assets, allowing a period of immersion, developing layering and cross cueing of sensors, an improved clarity and depth of knowledge can be established. ISR encompasses multiple activities related to the planning and operation of systems that collect, process, and disseminate data in support of current and future military operations.

Examples of ISR systems include surveillance and reconnaissance systems ranging from satellites, to manned aircraft such as the U-2, to unmanned aircraft systems such as the US Air Force’s Global Hawk and Predator and the US Army’s Hunter and PSST Aerostats, to other ground-, air-, sea-, or space-based equipment, and to human intelligence teams. The intelligence data provided by these ISR systems can take many forms, including optical, radar, or infrared images or electronic signals. Effective ISR data can provide early warning of enemy threats as well as enable military forces to increase effectiveness, coordination, and lethality, and demand for ISR capabilities to support ongoing military operations has increased.

The Career choices in the multiple disciplines of ISR are almost endless. The best known Agencies involved in ISR activities are the National Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Your STEM Flights ISR mission will focus on non-military tasks that may include finding, monitoring, and reporting on preplanned areas of interest – possibly buildings, landmarks, or individuals (simulating search-and-rescue). When available, we will even coordinate a mission tasks and communications with local law enforcement.


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