Attack on Bombs: U.S. Air Force Program Weaves Surveillance and Intelligence to Find Roots of IED Attacks in Iraq [open pdf - 129KB]
The U.S. Air Force is reexamining the way airpower has been applied to the war against insurgents in Iraq, in particular the battle against hidden bombs and suicide bombers. Planners are abandoning the narrow search for single technology solutions to finding and disabling improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and have begun searching for a broader approach that will target enemy planners, organizers, suppliers and bomb makers in their homes and workshops, well before attacks can be put into play. In planning for more than a year, the Air Force last month launched an effort to fuse intelligence around the basic building block of ground moving-target indicator (GMTI) data gathered by aircraft. While some fighters, bombers and unmanned aircraft carry sensors with moving-target detection capability, the primary source of such data is USAF's E-8 Joint Stars long-range radar surveillance aircraft (AW&ST May 16, p. 64).
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