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.