What is ISTAR?

ISTAR is a practice that links several battlefield functions together to assist a combat force in employing its sensors and managing the information they gather. ISTAR includes: Intelligence; Surveillance; Target Acquisition; and Reconnaissance. Advertisements


Strategic & Tactical Awareness…

“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.” Miyamoto Musashi (1584 to 1645) Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese soldier-artist of the early Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603 to 1867). He was also known for being a philosopher, writer, and Ronin. His original name was Miyamoto Masana, but he was also known as Shinmen Takezō,… Read More

Readiness vs Vigilance…

“The price of readiness is eternal vigilance.” Unknown “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” (Deis, 2015). Reference Deis, R. (2015) This Day in Quotes: Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2011/01/eternal-vigilance-is-price-of-liberty.html. [Accessed: 09 October, 2016].

Fighting Without Fighting…

“Weapons are ominous tools to be used only when there is no alternative.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War “In ”Behind China’s Threats” (front page, March 7), you note that China’s military options for attacking Taiwan ”remain limited and impractical.’ There are other means to victory, as taught by the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun… Read More

Using Business Intelligence to Move the Limits of Military Experience

Abstract Past experience is important as an aid for making good decisions, both for planning and conduct of military operations. But today’s methods for gathering experience have substantial limitations. Assume that a large number of common operational pictures (COPs) from a given command and control information system (C2IS) are saved in a database. By using new in-memory technology originally… Read More