Every Platform a Sensor
Integrated ISR capabilities are essential to a forward-deployed Navy
As director of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Capabilities Division in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Rear
Adm. (select) De Wolfe “Chip” Miller sees no slowdown in the
nation’s demand for the Navy’s ISR capabilities.
After a decade of warfare against elusive enemies, the Navy has
refined and sharpened its ISR capabilities and increased its capacity to
collect, analyze and disseminate information, and produce actionable
intelligence for warfighters. As an experienced warfighter and consumer of intelligence, Miller now oversees the Navy’s ISR requirements
and allocates resources to sustain and enhance those capabilities.
Miller is a naval aviator who has served in four carrier-based attack
and strike fighter squadrons, commanding Strike Fighter Squadron
34, and subsequently served as executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville and as the first commanding officer of
the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush. Miller also
accrued a substantial amount of tactical, technical and programmatic
expertise in his shore assignments.
Miller discussed the Navy’s ISR requirements with Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess. Excerpts follow:
How has the Defense Department’s emphasis
on building ISR capabilities affected the
Navy’s role in ISR?
MILLER: The Navy is a warfighting force and one of
[Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s]
messages to us in his sailing directions was “warfighting
first,” so ISR is critical in every phase of operation. The
Navy is, and will remain, a deployed force operating forward. As such, our force’s readiness requires a continuous picture of the environment in which we operate. The
term we use is “information dominance,” a combination
of sensing, transporting and evaluating the sensed information, turning information into knowledge and getting
that knowledge to decision-makers so they can take
actions. As a globally deployed force, that knowledge is
critical to our forward-deployed operations.
The Navy views information dominance as an integral warfighting capability, not merely something that
supports other warfighting forces. A quote I heard
awhile ago said, “We build a navy for war, but we operate it to preserve the peace.” So, as budgets come down,
as we’re pulled out of Iraq and draw down in
Afghanistan, the need for a forward-deployed Navy with
ISR capabilities is critical for that preservation of peace.
How will the P- 8 maritime patrol aircraft and
MQ-4C Broad-Area Maritime Surveillance
(BAMS) unmanned aerial system improve the
Navy’s ISR capabilities?
MILLER: The P-8A Poseidon is going to recapitalize on
the Navy’s broad area anti-submarine warfare [ASW]
capability resident in our current fleet of P-3C Orions. In