U.S. Department of Defense



U.S. Air Force

Date of this Version



Published by the U.S. Air Force, July 2008.


Since the inception of the Air Force, our Nation has asked us to create aerospace forces that no adversary could "out gun" under any circumstances. For over six decades we have answered that call. Now the Nation demands that we also create a set of capabilities that no adversary can "out smart" in the future. This strategy outlines our response in the realm of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
This is a new document that specifies why and how our Air Force will provide the capacity and capability for full spectrum ISR. It provides the foundation for enabling our air components to joint forces to "out smart" any adversary. This is our overarching plan for integrating people, equipment, processes, and investments to achieve Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power through cross domain integration of air, space and cyberspace ISR systems.