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Subject Resource Guide

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations

February 2014
Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL

Air University Research
Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines
Useful MSRIC Databases
Search Terms

Recent Books & Documents
Recent Articles

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Search Terms

Aerial Reconnaissance
Electronic Collection
Integrated Planning

Military Intelligence
Military Surveillance
Military Reconnaissance
Network Centric

Useful MSFRIC Databases

Congressional Publications (ProQuest)
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®)

IHS Jane's
Landcaster Index

To access MSFRIC's complete list of databases, click here.


Intelligence Resource Program. Federation of American Scientists.
Air Force ISR Agency.
Air War College.  Cyberspace and Information Operations Study Center.
Air War College.  Gateway to Intelligence.
Defense Intelligence Agency.

Intelligence Agencies. Jane's Sentinel Security Assessment - North America.
International Relations and Security Network (ISN).
Military Intelligence. New Concord, Ohio, Muskingum University.
Reconnaissance. New Concord, Ohio, Muskingum University.
Strategic Intelligence. Baltimore, MD, Political Science Department, Loyola University.

Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines

Recent Books & Documents

Bowman, Erik C.  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination System in Support of Global Strike in 2035.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, 2012.  36 p.

Brown, Jason M.  Strategy for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, February 14, 2013.  33 p.

Bush, Frederick E.  Evolving Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) for Air Force Cyber Defense.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, February 14, 2013.  20 p.

Hallen, Travis.  Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance for the Future Australian Defence Force.  Canberra, Australia, Air Power Development Centre, 2009.  84 p.
Book call no.: 358.450994 H184a

Isherwood, Michael W.  Layering ISR Forces.  Washington, Mitchell Institute Press, 2011.  31 p. (Mitchell paper, no. 8)
Book call no.: 358.414 I79L

Lee, Douglas J.  Recommendations for Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in the Year 2035 in a Cost Constrained Environment.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, February 10, 2012.  35 p.

Morton, Tyler W.  Ears and Eyes in the Sky: The Evolution of Manned Airborne ISR.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University.  School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, 2012.  170 p.

United States.  Defense Science Board.  Task Force on Defense Intelligence.  Counterinsurgency (COIN) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations.  Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Intelligence.  Washington, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, February 2011.  116 p.

United States.  Government Accountability Office.  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Actions Are Needed to Increase Integration and Efficiencies of DOD's ISR Enterprise.  Report to Congressional Committees.  Washington, GAO, 2011.  33 p.

United States.  Government Accountability Office.  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance DOD Needs a Strategic, Risk-Based Approach to Enhance Its Maritime Domain Awareness.  Report to Congressional Requesters.  Washington, GAO, 2011.  33 p.

More books and documents on ISR. 

Recent Articles

Adde, Nick.  Mission Critical: Unmanned Platforms Prove their ISR Worth at Sea and Ashore.  Sea Power  56:26-28  February 2013.

AFRICOM: ISR Shortfall.  C4ISR -- The Journal of Net-Centric Warfare  12:14-16  April 1, 2013.

Deptula, David A. and Marrs, James R.  Global Distributed ISR Operations: The Changing Face of WarfareJoint Force Quarterly: JFQ  54:110-115  Third Quarter 2009.

Fox, Wesley.  C4ISR Go South.  Armada International  36:8-10+  October-November 2012.

Haley, Jaylan Michael.  An Evolution in Intelligence Doctrine Air & Space Power Journal  26:33-48  September-October 2012.

Harrington-Lee, Caitlin.  Briefing: Air Operations Over Afghanistan IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly  50:30-32  April 3, 2013.

Kostka, Del C.  Moving Toward a Joint Acquisition Process to Support ISR Joint Force Quarterly: JFQ  55:69-75  4th Quarter 2009.

Lee, Caitlin Harrington.  Lieutenant General Larry James, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, US Air Force.  Jane's Defence Weekly  48:34  December 7, 2011.

Pittaway, Nigel.  Regional Maritime ISR Defence Today  10:26-29  June 2013.

Streetly, Martin.  Briefing: Sensors Under Scrutiny IHS Jane's Defence Weekly  50:30-32  February 13, 2013.

Weisgerber, Marcus.  DoD To Shrink JIEDDO, Realign ISR Task Force.  Defense News  September 23, 2013.

Ybarra, Maggie.  Focusing ISR Air Force Magazine  96:46-49  October 2013.

Air University Research

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
ISR and Battle Management
ISR and Collection
ISR and Net-Centric

ISR Information
ISR Strategy
ISR Support


Eriw, Marshall Curtis.  Library of Congress.  Congressional Research Service.  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Acquisition: Issues for Congress.  Washington, CRS, April 16, 2013.  25 p.

Kuhns, Colby J.  The Utility of Airborne ISR Assets for Stability and Reconstruction.  American Intelligence Journal  29:128-140  September 2011.

Laird, Robbin F.  A 21st-Century Concept of Air and Military Operations.  Defense Horizons  66:1-6  March 2009.

Osborn, Kris.  ISR Task Force's Murky Future Gets Clearer., October 19, 2013.

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