CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

The recommended process described in this chapter is intended to enhance, not to replace, the current ISR CP&A process in a manner that achieves the desired attributes listed in Table 4-1. In particular, the addition of a PDA step would allow decision makers to focus the process on specific investment questions while also supporting the periodic need to assess all ISR needs and gaps. Also, the current gap analysis step would be expanded to integrate explicitly the perspectives and resources of multiple domains in a mission context. The proposed gap analysis approach incorporates a multi-resolution framework that allows the process to scale in a consistent manner, from quick-look assessments designed to address urgent questions rapidly, albeit with less fidelity, to deliberate-look assessments that produce higher-fidelity answers at the cost of additional time and resources. Table 4-2 summarizes the proposed process enhancements that satisfy the desired attributes, summarized in Table 4-1, in a robust, comprehensive Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance Capability Planning and Analysis process.

Despite the attempt to design a process that enhances rather than replaces the current process, the addition of the PDA and MGA functions would require careful planning prior to their implementation. Further, the Air Force may wish to implement the process changes in a staged fashion designed to minimize disruptions to the ongoing process. The Air Force is urged to roll out the recommended process enhancements by way of a pilot project, or a series of pilot projects, to lay the foundation of a future process that the Air Force can thoughtfully build on over time to achieve the desired end state.

In summary, the value inherent in achieving this end state derives from its ability to effect the following: (1) enhance the quality, transparency, repeatability, and credibility of proposed investments; (2) provide greater insight into cost, risk, and mission utility assessments; (3) scale from quick-look through long-term analyses; (4) expand consideration and analysis of Joint and interagency capabilities; (5) more fully address all ISR domains (air, space, land, maritime, cyberspace); (6) encompass complete “sensor-to-user” chain including PCPAD; and (7) reduce the time and labor required to answer investment questions.



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