This chapter provides a broad context of historical factors related to the development of ISR capabilities and considers potential scenarios involving the use of these capabilities. Chapter 2 addresses Task 1 of the TOR by reviewing the current approach to the Air Force corporate planning and programming processes for ISR CP&A. Chapter 3 covers Task 2 of the TOR by reviewing various analytical methods, processes, and models for large-scale, complex domains like ISR, and identifies best practices. Chapter 4 responds to Tasks 3 and 4 of the TOR by offering recommendations for Air Force consideration for the improvement of its ISR CP&A process and an ideal model of an Air Force “system-of-systems” evaluation process for ISR CP&A. Findings are embedded in the text of Chapters 2 and 3 after the supporting evidence.

Appendix A provides biographical sketches of the committee members, and Appendix B presents a list of the meetings held by the study committee, as well as the names of the presenters and participating organizations. Appendix C serves as a supplement to Chapter 3 by providing descriptions of additional organizational CP&A processes and tools.

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