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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News, 30 Oct

QuEST 30 Oct 2015

First we want to discuss a recent article:

An ISR Perspective on Fusion Warfare

Maj Gen VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF

Lt Col Maurizio “Mo” Calabrese, USAF

… The Air Force’s mission is to fly, fight, and win today and tomorrow’s wars. How we

accomplish this must undergo a paradigm shift. This change is an imperative not only

for the Air Force, but also for all the US armed services and elements of the Intelligence

Community (IC). A review of open source literature on fifth generation weapon systems

(e.g., B-2A Spirit, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II) presents a common theme:

near real-time information sharing on threats, targets, onboard payloads, aircraft

flight dynamics, and command and control (C2) activities.1

The pilots in those stealth platforms act as the central nervous system in the cockpit

to integrate disparate types of data and make decisions. Simultaneously on the ground,

intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) Airmen serve as the central

nerve center in intelligence squadrons to process information coming in from airborne,

space, cyber, and terrestrial collection sources. these Airmen must fuse multiple

types of data from numerous sources in a fast-paced environment to produce analysis

and empower decision makers at various Air Force command and control nodes.

These C2 nodes may include air and space operations centers (AOCs), the

common ground system (CGS) core sites, unit-level intelligence flights, or even the

pilot in the cockpit. Harnessing the information available from each of these elements

in a coherent, collaborative, and cohesive manner will provide decision advantage and

success in tomorrow’s conflicts. This paper defines and explores a concept we call “fusion

warfare” — and provides a perspective on what tomorrow’s warfighting will mean

for Air Force ISR professionals.

In future conflicts, the victor may not necessarily be the one with the quickest OODA

Loop. Rather, the prevailing side may be the one which can harness the power of multiple

OODA loops, utilize the vast amounts of data in them, and provide enhanced

battlefield situational awareness—all fused into decision-making analysis—to achieve

multi-domain freedom of action.

One of the concepts related to QuEST in this discussion is big data – this time of year we spend bandwidth reviewing what we’ve discussed this CY in QuEST and attempt to integrate the material in our ‘What is QuEST briefing’ – we give the first meeting of a new CY.  Clearly this year we’ve spent lots of time talking about Deep learning and lots of time talking about big-data.  So from the perspective of Fusion Warfare – we want to have  discussion how to capture for our What is QuEST deck of slide our position on use of Deep learning – what is the relationship between big data and QuEST – what is the relationship between big data and Deep learning – and how do we capture these positions in a couple of slides / talking points.

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