What are military and intelligence platforms?

Military and Intelligence Platforms, including those used throughout the defense community and intelligence agencies, are the specific vehicles or facilities which host and use equipment that has a particular military or intelligence task that is needed in the field.

This applies to air, ground, water, space, and multi-environment configurations, and one vehicle or facility will often act as a platform for several different categories of equipment.

A military jet, for example, is commonly (1) a platform for a threat defense system, (2) a platform for electronic intelligence gathering, (3) a platform for a secure communications system to share data with other similarly-equipped air, sea, and ground-based platforms, and (4) a weapons platform for missiles, machine guns, bombs, and electronic jamming systems. Other military and intelligence vehicles – from tanks, ships, and helicopters to satellites, submarines, drones, and more – serve as platforms for similar systems worldwide in the air, at sea, on the ground, and in space.

Approaching these many and varied vehicles and facilities as platforms for different systems makes it easier and more productive for military and intelligence planners, and their external contractors, to keep the focus on what capabilities are needed in the field – especially in response to adversarial attacks – and how best to design, build, and deploy them across multiple platforms most effectively.

 


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