comment indicating that the 33 IOS split into two different squadrons, the 33 NWS (the old AFCERT) and the 91 NWS. This prompted me to look at the organizational structure of my old Air Force units.
I realized that last month what used to be Air Intelligence Agency is now Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, according to this story. AFISR now works as a field operating agency for AF/A2, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula. AIA was part of 8th Air Force, but that experiment has been reversed.
It looks like AFISR has lost information operations duties since it's now an "ISR" agency. According to Air Force ISR Agency, the AF/A2 says:
"Air Intelligence Agency was traditionally focused on a particular intelligence discipline, signals intelligence," said General Koziol. "Now we are expanding our capabilities into geo-spatial-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."
That's news to me. I think AIA was doing those missions previously, but Deptula wants a single agency responsible for all of it. He gets that with AFISR. Information operations are now part of Air Force Cyber Command, which apparently will become active this fall.
I have mixed feelings about AIA's fate. Lt. Gen. Deptula is a three-star, which outranks previous top intel generals (who were two-stars). Putting a three-star with ISR responsibilities at HQ AF will probably give ISR greater attention. However, the word "intel" appears three times in Deptula's bio -- all in relation to his existing job. He's a career F-15 driver, so once again we have a pilot as the Air Force's "top intel guy." This is sad. Are there no good Air Force intel generals available? Hopefully the new AFISR commander, Maj. Gen. John C. Koziol, will be able to step up when Deptula moves on.
The only saving grace in this situation is that the king of all intel officers continues to be Gen. Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.