Having been around various HQs lately to listen to so-called clever chaps thrash this one through, the notion of ISTAR and what it actually is seems to be making some people develop stomach ulcers or cause brain storming out of all proportion to the usual dilemmas of beer or lager, Korma or Vindaloo, German porn or Italian porn, etc. It all seems to boild down to equating any modicum of military failure with an intelligence failure, as we seemingly didn't provided some goods when required (make that we probably weren't asked in the first place and Mystic Meg wasn't on hand with the crystal ball, but somebody wants a new panacea for supposed ills and thus the new buzzword is in play). I'm generalising a fair bit, but the schools of thought seem to fall into two areas from the discussions I have seen/heard/areas/winced at. It's either regarded as essentially the Collection part of the Int Cycle, in which case most of us in the Corps should be au fait with it and thus now need the buy in of the G3/J3 world to deconflict battlespace for various assets to collect, i.e. no need to reinvent the wheel, especially when you pull apart what ISTAR actually means and how it fits into out working practices. Or it's primarily seen as a J3 function for teeth arm types who are "operators" and believe that the Corps should steer clear as the de facto non-operators and do the analysis bit, leaving collection up to "those who know how to fight the asset". Either way the buzzword tag seems a justified a fair bit of the time as there appeared to be a lot of non-int types who were clueless as to what was involved and seemed keen on reinventing the wheel. Even the light and dark blue seemed to be facing similar battles. There's plenty of readily available info on this in the OSINT world, so OPSEC shouldn't be an issue here. So, in the hope that we can enter a cerebral discussion: ISTAR - Buzzword bingo or the way ahead. Discuss.