C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US Air Force pursuing Algorithm Warfare Initiative to increase ISR data consumption

08 September 2017

Key Points

  • The US Air Force is pursuing an algorithm effort to increase ISR data consumption
  • The service receives too much data for solely human processing to be feasible

The US Air Force (USAF) is pursuing an effort designated the Algorithm Warfare Initiative (AWI) to improve the service’s ability to consume intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data in real time, according to a key official.

Kenneth Bray, USAF acting associate deputy chief of staff for ISR, said on 6 September that warfighters cannot keep pace with the volume of incoming ISR data, as they lack automated means for data interpretation.

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