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British Army’s ISR commander warns of new challenges facing defence forces

22nd April 2024 - 10:20 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


The Russia-Ukraine war has highlighted the need for ISR such as mobile observation systems used by Ukraine Army. (Photo: Come Back Alive Foundation)

The race between using ISR and resisting the use of it by enemies has accelerated, leading to new methods and systems being required, according to the British Army’s lead on its ISR efforts.

The major functions of C4ISR – supporting decision-making, force protection and targeting – may not have changed but the UK’s leading ISR commander has said that armed forces needed to acknowledge the capability in its own right by learning lessons from ongoing conflicts, dealing with the ongoing data revolution and making better use publicly available information.

Maj Gen Matthew Jones, director ISR – defence intelligence for UK Strategic Command, speaking at Defence IQ’s C4ISR Global conference in London last week, said that his key role remained “seeing what is over the hill” but noted that the role of systems supporting

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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