Keynotes (B-GA-402-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Sense Doctrine)

These keynotes are the fundamental beliefs upon which Sense doctrine is built.

  • The Sense function is the capability that provides the commander with knowledge to achieve decision superiority.
  • Decision superiority provides an operational advantage over an adversary through superior situational awareness (SA).
  • Situational awareness provides a combined picture of the operational environment including knowledge of:
    • adversaries;
    • weather and terrain;
    • own forces;
    • other friendly, allied, or coalition forces; and
    • other entities (increasingly important under the comprehensive approach).
  • The commander’s critical information requirements (CCIR) drive the data and information requirements and are a command responsibility.
  • Sensing the elements of the operational environment that the commander controls is primarily accomplished through reports and returns (R2) and liaison. The information sought should be weighed against the burden of imposing reporting requirements. Liaison can be used to enhance R2 or to sense entities not subject to R2 requirements.
  • Sensing the elements of the operational environment that the commander does not control is accomplished through the intelligence enterprise. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) achieves this by optimizing collection operations, processing, and dissemination capabilities to provide accurate, relevant, and timely intelligence to decision makers.
  • Operations and intelligence are inextricably linked and provide SA to the commander.
  • Modern operations are dependent on the information domain. Networks and cyberspace are essential to the overall push and pull of data, information, and knowledge about the operating environment.
  • Fusion of data and information is critical to avoid information overload, to ensure accuracy and authenticity, and to provide a single coherent picture to facilitate understanding and decision making.

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