Air Force mulls scale back of ISR programs

The Air Force has some tough decisions to make concerning which intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs to cut as it scales down to a smaller intelligence force structure capable of meeting various types of threats in future decades, reports Aviation Week.

The military service's intelligence portfolio, which includes platforms, sensors and ground-based processing architectures, is complex and requires substantial oversight and realignment. The Air Force is wrapping up a comprehensive study of options, the results of which will help the service decide what intelligence programs to cut in the fiscal 2013 budget that will be submitted to Congress in February.

"At one point last year, I counted 13 different modernization or enhancement programs in the ISR capability," said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley at the Air Force Association conference in September, who added, "In a declining budget environment, we are going to have to be more careful and discriminating in the choices that we make."

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