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The Analyst Capability Working Group (ACWG)

The Analyst Capability Working Group (ACWG) was formed in late 2013 as part of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance’s (HAF/A2) initiative to revolutionize intelligence analysis. The Intellekt Group was selected to provide mentorship, expertise, and support to the ACWG in January, 2014. Originally managed by HAF/A2D, the ACWG transitioned from Air Staff to Major Command sponsorship in October 2014, and Air Combat Command (ACC/A2A) assumed responsibility for ACWG direction.

The Intellekt Group spearheaded the draft ACWG charter in 2014, which was slightly modified and adopted by ACC/A2 in 2015. Based on this charter, the team identified strengths and deficiencies in Policy, Technology and Tools, Analyst Development, and Analyst Tradecraft, and initiated actions to improve intelligence analysis throughout the US Air Force and Department of Defense. Extensive research was conducted by HAF/A2I, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), 25 Air Force (then the Air Force ISR Agency), and the Naval Postgraduate School, and a 507 page FY 2014 Technical Report was completed and delivered to HAF/A2D and HAF/A2I by The Intellekt Group.

As ACC assumed responsibility for the ACWG, the charter identified key roles and responsibilities for team members. Armed with the findings from the Analyst Tools and Training Roadmap (ATTR), HAF/A2 White Paper, and the executed charter, the ACWG met at Joint Base Langley Eustis in July 2015 to develop a formal Program of Actions and Milestones (POA&M). During this period, over 280 formal actions were identified and tasked for the forthcoming 18 – 24 month period.

ACC hosted an ACWG POA&M progress review in September 2016 which revealed solid progress with USAF policies and analyst development. The Intellekt Group represented 25 AF/A2O during this review, which validated completed actions and re-established suspenses for the last phase of this POA&M. As FY 2017 approaches, the POA&M provides a living document for all MAJCOMs and specified organizations actively pursuing improvements across all four critical areas. The ACWG anticipates continued progress and currently plans to transition the enhanced capabilities and practices from this POA&M to more long-term efforts prior to FY 2018.

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Industry News – The Air Force’s Future Operating Concept

At the end of FY 2015, the Air Force issued its Future Operating Concept to the public, the latest in a series of strategic concepts to help guide the organization over the next twenty years. The main concept? Operational Agility. In short, “In 2035, the USAF will leverage operational agility as a way to adapt swiftly to any situation or enemy action. Operational Agility is “the ability to rapidly generate and shift among multiple solutions for a given challenge.” This will deliver Global Vigilance—Global Reach—Global Power in support of national security, accomplished through Multi-Domain Command and Control, a combination of air, space, and cyberspace capabilities. By applying multiple strengths simultaneously, operations can paralyze an enemy.

By using available technology, the Air Force can further mature the way it organizes, trains and equips its airmen. Adaptive Domain Control will allow the USAF to achieve dominance in space and cyberspace capabilities, which leads to Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (GIISR). While ISR plays a fundamental role in national security and how the Air Force maintains awareness and assesses threats, GIISR creates cross-domain synchronization through all phases of operations. Rapid Global Mobility allows the Air Force to reposition materials and manpower quickly. Finally, Global Precision Strike integrates all air, space, and cyberspace operations as a single operational environment eliminating a legacy planning and execution model. By allowing airmen to collaborate with counterparts networked worldwide, the Air Force can execute quickly and effectively while minimizing damage and unintentional escalation.

So what does this mean for Intelligence and Technology contractors? The Air Force’s biggest challenge will be synchronizing air, space, and cyber operations. Many of these are running on legacy and differing networks and platforms, making cross functionality a problem. This means an increase in technology upgrade contracts that enables the Air Force to share information across all domains. Managing IT infrastructure to stay up to date will become an even more critical component. It is possible that outsourcing of IT services will increase. Information will need to be stored and analyzed in an efficient capacity and will require continuous risk assessment, protection, and monitoring.

The Air Force will rely on industry to provide the business and operational support to achieve its goals as the future is further defined. Leveraging technology and commonality solutions will be the key to Multi-Domain Command and Control success.

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Air Superiority Air & Space Superiority Adaptive Domain Control
Air Reconnaissance Global Integrated ISR Global Integrated ISR
Airlift Mobility Rapid Global Mobility Rapid Global Mobility
Strategic Air Force Global Strike Global Precision Strike
Coordination of Air Defense Command and Control Multi-domain Command and Control

 

Citations:

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/617301/af-releases-future-operating-concept.aspx

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