General Deptula’s visit to Goodfellow coincided with two major ISR events: the launching of the new Intelligence Fundamentals Course April 15 and the ISR Chiefs’ Summit April 14 to 17.
“For the past three years, the Air Force has been engaged in a complete ISR transformation, pursuing changes in ISR organization, personnel and capabilities to meet the needs of our 21st century security challenges,” General Deptula added.
To meet this demand, General Deptula said, Air Force officials are expanding the number of enlisted ISR Airmen by 25% during the next three years, which is one of the reasons the intelligence training programs are being overhauled.
“Creating an Air Force ISR enterprise where the source is transparent, analysis predictive and distribution immediate is a must for the joint force if we are to survive and thrive against the threats and security challenges in front of us,” General Deptula said.
“It’s been great to have the opportunity to see the outstanding men and women of Goodfellow Air Force Base working so hard for the ISR transformation, because they are, in fact, the centerpiece of that transformation. It all begins here,” he said. “Change can only be initiated through the people who populate organizations. Training and educating the personnel who will be the next generation of ISR operators and leaders is what will make this ISR transformation a success.”