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The new, all-seeing eye of Sauron, four miles up

Wired Magazine has an article online about a crash-development project to combine a JSTARS, an AWACS, a Predator, and a Goodyear into a giant airship that can stay aloft for weeks at a time. Some interesting takeaways:

  • The goal is to close the data-input-to-reaction-time window to 15 seconds.
  • The project is still in development, and hasn’t even been assembled yet. The USAF doesn’t even know what sensors it will put onboard.
  • The bandwidth requirement for the downlink connection is so large that the military is considering onboard data processing to reduce the stream of data to something more manageable.
  • Currently, 19 analysts watch a single Predator feed.
  • Current generation Wide Area Airborne Sensors (WAAS) need 2000 analysts to process the data from a single WAAS-capable drone.
  • The next generation WAAS will generate 274 TB of data per hour.
  • First flight for the USAF project is scheduled for Oct. 15th.

Why is this relevant to a militia blog? Because it will eventually be used against us, if current trends continue. Consider ways to defeat such a system now.

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  1. Slobyskya Rotchikokov
    21 January 2011 at 18:29

    As someone pointed out on another blog or three – no matter how big, small, armored, hardened, how close or distant, how fast moving or how slow… every piece of weaponry which could be used against a free people must have a human being to press the button, or turn the key, flip the switch, arm the device, give the order to do any of the above, give the order to deploy someone to give the order, etc. And every one of those human beings is reachable. They do not exist in a vacuum.

  2. Bo
    22 January 2011 at 11:34

    Interesting. I’ve read of Afghans using dirty blankets and rugs to cover themselves to defeat night-vision. That wouldn’t work against thermal, though.

    The problem I see is that these could be used to increase the surveillance state here, especially in metropolitan areas. It seems like science fiction; but there are more and more cameras going up all the time.

    Regarding the people that will run these machines, we haven’t “gotten to” the mouth-breathers at the TSA yet. These people will be pretty insulated.

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