NATO is an Alliance of 28 countries, tasked
to ensure the security and defence of its member nations’ populations. Combined, that’s over 900 million people. The world is changing and NATO needs to adapt
to meet future challenges. Nations are working together to do this, developing tools like
the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Joint ISR is a combination of processes, systems
and people, including air, ground, maritime and space assets, which feed into one ‘fused’
report. So how does it work? One scenario could involve an unmanned aircraft
system providing high resolution imagery of tank activity, while airborne radars detect
hostile aircrafts, and satellites monitor population displacements. Troops ensure peoples’ safety with identity
controls and biometrics equipment while Special Forces closely watch for rebel activities
around the city. Finally, ships could monitor sea traffic along
the coast to avoid piracy attacks, and submarines could penetrate hostile areas to gather encrypted
communications. All this is relayed to NATO analysts, who
combine the information to provide the right person with the right information at the right
time. Better information means better decisions.
We call this decision advantage.