​Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) is the synchronization and integration of Operations and Intelligence capabilities and activities, geared to providing timely information to support decisions. The 'JISR Process Cycle' is a combined Intelligence and Operations function, requiring extensive cross-Community of Interest (COI) coordination and interoperability at many levels. NATO JISR integrates Alliance and National Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, policies, procedures and systems to provide information support to leaders, commanders and decision makers through political and strategic domains down to the tactical level.


​JISR within the NCI Agency

Within the NCI Agency structure, the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Service Line (JISR SL) is a sub-element of the Directorate of Application Services (DAS). The JISR SL is currently made up of around 80 staff, across three different Agency locations – Brussels, Mons and The Hague. The JISR SL aims to continuously support the need to collect, process, exploit, and disseminate ISR data and information in a timely manner to those who need to know. The JISR SL is responsible to its customers for planning, coordinating and executing full lifecycle management activities in support of the JISR Cycle and associated services, including:


· Strategy, Policy, Doctrine and Concepts

· Standardization & Interoperability

· Requirements Analysis and Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E)

· Design & Development

· Processes, Procedures, Tactics & Techniques

· System Acquisition, Implementation and Integration

· Transition and Service Operations (O&M)


Although JISR SL Services are geared to serve NATO Forces, they can also be used and adapted by NATO Nations and partners. The specific focus of JISR is to allow global interoperability within the NATO JISR domain and with external COIs.

The JISR SL significantly improves the operational effectiveness and efficiency of its customers through a wide range of coherent JISR services, supported by well-trained, highly knowledgeable and uniquely experienced staff, in four key JISR areas: Intelligence Applications Services, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services, Electronic Warfare & Sensor Services and Geospatial Services.