Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Pentagon is planning to provide more surveillance information to U.S. troops and their allies in Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. David Deptula says the Air Force is developing a new video sensor and creating 2,500 new analyst positions to help gather and interpret an increasing flood of aerial data coming in from the warfront.
As he puts it, "We are going to be swimming in sensors and drowning in data."
He says the new technology, called the Gorgon Stare, will be available for deployment to the warzone on a limited basis early next year.
The program will provide a much broader video picture from unmanned aircraft covering an area about 2.5 miles square. And the Air Force says the new sensor will be able to transmit as many as 12 different views back to commanders on the ground, as opposed to the single view that the current unmanned aerial systems can provide.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for a substantial increase in such aircraft systems in Afghanistan.
The sensor is named after the mythological gorgon, whose stare reputedly would turn a person to stone.