Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Definition/Scope: In accordance with Army Doctrine 2015 this term is no linger to be used. The individual components of ISR will be spelled out and used separately. FM 3-0 has been superseded by ADP 3-0) An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of sensors, assets, and processing, exploitation, and dissemination systems in direct support, of current and future operations. This is an integrated intelligence and operations function. For Army forces, this activity is a combined arms operation that focuses on priority intelligence requirements while answering the commanders critical information requirements. OLD VERSION Intelligence process is made up of five steps: plan, prepare, collect, process, and produce. Just as the three steps of the operations process (plan, prepare, execute) overlap and recur as circumstances demand, so do the components of the intelligence process. ISR combines the product (intelligence) with the information-gathering actions of reconnaissance and surveillance. ISR operations are conducted to answer information requirements (for example, confirmation or denial of enemy courses of action, targeting information) and maintain the SBCT common operational picture. Additionally, ISR goes a step further to facilitate situational understanding. Where reconnaissance and surveillance answered the "what," "where," and "when" on the battlefield, ISR has the additional requirement of answering "why." The two primary organic ISR elements of the SBCT are the cavalry squadron (RSTA) and the MI company.
Used For:Intelligence WFF
Broader Terms:Aerial Common Sensor
Narrower Terms:Aerial Common Sensor
Related Terms:Battle Damage Assessment