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

The definitions contained in this glossary are derived from the Defence Terminology Bank (DTB),

cognitive hierarchy
A conceptual model outlining the stages by which understanding of the situation can be achieved. (DTB record 41398)

collection operation
An operation to collect and disseminate data and/or information from the collector to analysts and/or directly to end-users. (DTB record 41399)

combat information
That frequently perishable data gathered in combat by, or reported directly to, units which may be immediately used in battle or in assessing the situation. Relevant data will simultaneously enter intelligence reporting channels. (DTB record 3810)

commander’s critical information requirements (CCIR)
Crucial information identified and required by the commander that directly affects decision making and the successful execution of operations. (DTB record 41494)

common operating picture (COP)
An interactive and shared visual representation of operational information gathered from various sources. (DTB record 41401)

decision superiority
The ability of commanders, based upon information superiority and situational awareness, to make effective decisions more rapidly than their adversary, thereby gaining an advantage in the tempo, coherence and effectiveness of operations. (DTB record 41405)

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essential elements of friendly information (EEFI)
Critical aspects of a friendly force that, if known by the adversary, would subsequently compromise, lead to failure, or limit success of the operation and therefore must be protected from adversary detection. (DTB record 21016)

friendly force information requirements (FFIR)
Information the Commander needs about friendly forces in order to develop plans and make effective decisions. (DTB record 21020)

In intelligence usage, the blending of intelligence and/or information from multiple sources or agencies into a coherent picture. The origin of the initial individual items should then no longer be apparent. (DTB record 43350)

information management (IM)
A discipline that directs and supports effective and efficient management of information in an organization, from planning and systems development to disposal or long-term preservation. (DTB record 42250)

information superiority (IS)
The operational advantage derived from the ability to acquire, exploit, protect and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while denying an adversary’s ability to do the same. (DTB record 41413)

intelligence (int)
The product resulting from the collection, processing, analysis, integration and interpretation of available information concerning foreign states, hostile or potentially hostile forces or elements, geography and social and cultural factors that contributes to the understanding of an actual or potential operating environment.
Note: The term "intelligence" also applies to the activities that result in the product and to the organizations engaged in such activities. (DTB record 738)

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intelligence cycle
The sequence of activities whereby information is obtained, assembled, converted into intelligence and made available to users. This sequence comprises the following four phases: a. direction; b. collection; c. processing; d. dissemination. (DTB record 4556)

intelligence operation
An operation to conduct a variety of intelligence and counterintelligence tasks by various intelligence organizations and activities within the intelligence process.
Note: Intelligence operations include planning and direction, collection, processing production, dissemination and evaluation and feedback. (DTB pending)

intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of all collection capabilities with processing and dissemination of the resulting information to the right person, at the right time, in the right format, in support of operations. (DTB record 30996)

joint, integrated, multinational and public (JIMP)
Refers to a public environment where joint, integrated and multinational players interact. (DTB record 43767)

In the cognitive hierarchy, analysed information that provides meaning and value. (DTB record 21027)

priority intelligence requirements (PIR)
Those intelligence requirements for which a commander has an anticipated and stated priority in his task of planning and decision making. (DTB record 1105)

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The conversion of information into intelligence through collation, evaluation, analysis, integration and interpretation. (DTB record 5786)

A mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or potential enemy, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographical, or geographic characteristics of a particular area. (DTB record 1202)

The operational function that provides the commander with knowledge.
Note: This function incorporates all capabilities that collect and process data. (DTB record 26167)

situational awareness (SA)
The knowledge of the elements in the battlespace necessary to make well-informed decisions. (DTB record 41441)

staff officer (SO)
A person assisting a commander, or senior officer, or filling a specific position within the staff. (DTB record 1349)

supported command
A command that receives forces or other support from another command and has primary responsibility for all aspects of an assigned task. (DTB record 32319)

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supported commander
A commander who has the primary responsibility for all aspects of an assigned military task and has the authority to give general direction for supporting efforts.
Note: The relationship between supported and supporting commanders does not constitute a formal command relationship. (DTB record 37280)

supporting command
A command that provides forces or other support to another command. (DTB record 32320)

supporting commander
A commander who provides a supported commander with forces, capabilities or other support and/or who develops a supporting plan. Note: The relationship between supported and supporting commanders does not constitute a formal command relationship. (DTB record 37281)

The systematic observation of aerospace, surface or subsurface areas, places, persons, or things, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. (DTB record 1418)

task force (TF)
A temporary grouping of units, under one commander, formed for the purpose of carrying out a specific operation or mission. (DTB record 1457)

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