Advanced Digital Reconnaissance Systems
Following one year of planning, requirements definition, and coordination the Reconnaissance Team led by the Advanced Technology Group has grown to 25 personnel and is currently developing tools, systems, procedures, ops quals inputs, training, and guidelines for implementation of a new standardized national reconnaissance framework for CAP in CY2012. There are four Working Groups made up of subject matter experts from Wings and Regions doing systems development and testing, integration of legacy systems, designing training - procedures and resources, and authoring doctrine and suggested changes to regulations. They began their work with a review and documentation of current best practices in the field and recruited reconnaissance experts from across the country to participate in the team.
The goal of ADRS is to provide a standard and interoperable set of tools, procedures, and resources to support current and future generations of CAP sensors and sensor platforms in reconnaissance operations. New tools include a reconnaissance mission planning methodology, checklists, procedures and apps for imagery in air and ground sorties, processing and upload support and the national imagery repository. These tools will support better situational awareness, and faster delivery of large volumes of high quality imagery to the AF and our customers, and for consumption by our own incident and mission staffs. Another key objective of ADRS is to integrate all of our current standalone sensor systems (SDIS, ADIS, ARCHER, GIIEP, SP, FLIR, FMV) into a common reconnaissance framework. In order for the ADRS initiative to be successful, in addition to providing new tools, systems, and technology it must also address new and upgraded career paths, training, specialties, and mission qualifications for the professionals who will operate it.