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The Air Force has became enamored with near real-time intelligence, losing the big picture. Perhaps it is time to change the way it looks at future threats.
When the Berlin Wall came crashing down in 1989, the traditional role of the national intelligence community fell with it. Gone were the days of the single analytical focus-the Soviet Union. In the years that followed, the nation's intelligence services stumbled through redefining their roles. At the same time the Department of Defense was reshaping its Cold War forces to meet threats yet to be realized. The 1991 Persian Gulf War showcased the effectiveness of air power and thrust Air Force intelligence specialties into the spotlight. Suddenly, many enlisted airmen were at the forefront of combat air power. This appeared to be a windfall for Air Force enlisted intelligence professionals. Beneath that shiny Air Force-blue surface, however, is the specter of reaction to the reshaping of the force after the Cold War.
Intelligence or Targeting