Cover: Intelligence and the tactical application of firepower: the basic problem is human

Intelligence and the tactical application of firepower: the basic problem is human

Published 1987

by C. J. Crawford

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This paper examines the intelligence-based decisionmaking process for applying conventional, tactical firepower. The author is an Air Force intelligence officer who has participated in the process. Among other things, he discusses ambiguous concepts, requirements and goals of various process steps, how the services interact, and the J-STARS program and the lure of technological solutions. His conclusion is that the human element is being neglected, including turnover, renewal of expertise, and narrowness of perception and awareness.

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