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Evolving Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for Air Force Cyber Defense


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The existing Air Force ISR capability for support to defensive cyberspace operations has to operate in an environment of global adversaries.  The effectiveness of Air Force defensive cyber strategy will depend on long range trend analysis of adversary capabilities and intent.  An evolution of ISR for cyber defense can improve protection of key Air Force command and control functions, as well as best preserve the Air Force’s qualitative technology advantage against adversary network reconnaissance and attack activities. 
This paper provides several recommendations to advance ISR for cyber defense.    The Air Force should develop a robust ISR Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) capability devoted to cyberspace.

 ISR capabilities will be the catalyst for cyber defense of critical assets to more fully protect commanders’ air, space and cyber operations.

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