Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in the Littoral Fight

A significant force multiplier in the asymmetric ground fight must be applied to a new area.

Authored by Daniel T. Murphy, published in Signal Magazine, April 2012.

The next time U.S. forces fight in the littorals—whether it be in the Persian Gulf, Africa, Asia or elsewhere—adversaries, if they are smart, will adopt the land tactics that have made insurgents effective in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, if the U.S. military is smart, it will bring to the asymmetric maritime fight the same force-multiplying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools that have kept casualty rates surprisingly low in the ground fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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