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Air Intelligence Agency becomes Air Force IRS Agency

by Master Sgt. Theresa Shannon
Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs


6/21/2007 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN)  -- The Air Intelligence Agency officially became the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency in a ceremony held June 15 here consolidating Air Force ISR functions to better serve the warfighter and the nation. 

The Air Force ISR Agency, commanded by Maj. Gen. John C. Koziol, was realigned under Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A2), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. as a field operating agency.

The ceremony was presided over by Gen. Ronald E. Keys, the commander of Air Combat Command.

"This is more than a redesignation, this is a signal to everyone that we are going to expand and reach out with increased capability," General Koziol said. "Airmen conducting operations in our air operation centers today need seamless, integrated ISR to support the combined forces air component commander and we need to do everything possible to ensure that happens."

"The realignment of the newly designated, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency under Air Force A2 will underscore the nature of ISR as an Air Force-wide enterprise," General Deptula said.

General Deptula chartered three ISR transformation working groups to fulfill the Air Force chief of staff's vision and focus on ISR capabilities, manpower and organization. After thoughtful dialogue and careful consideration of warfighter and intelligence community needs, the Air Force ISR Agency was born.

"The Air Force ISR Agency will now be responsible for broadening their scope beyond the signal intelligence arena to include all elements of ISR," General Deptula said. "The intent is to provide unmatched ISR capability to our nation's decision makers and combatant commanders."

"Air Intelligence Agency was traditionally focused on a particular intelligence discipline, signals intelligence," General Koziol said. "Now we are expanding our capabilities into geospatial intelligence, imagery, human intelligence, and measurement and signature intelligence disciplines. As an integral member of our nation's combat forces, we are focused on integrating the information derived by those capabilities and delivering critical information to combatant commanders and national level decision makers."

"We are constantly striving to provide critical, time sensitive information directly to the warfighters, at the precise moment they need it," General Koziol said. "We are also working with our military and national intelligence partners to provide forces and capabilities as new threats emerge and requirements evolve."

This change will not result in any significant personnel changes or financial impact to San Antonio or the South Texas economy.



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