John Horner: Air Force to Focus on Sifting Drone Data

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The military branches will be working to develop methods to sift through the large amounts of data collected by unmanned aircraft, according to the Air Force’s director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. 

Brig. Gen. John Horner visited the airmen the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing last week to discuss the future of ISR programs, the Air Force reports. 

The wing is responsible for high-altitude data gathered for warfighters in the U.S. Central Command area, using aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 and Northrop Grumman provided Global Hawks. 

Horner discussed issues pilots face, such as decompression illness, which the Air Force says U-2 pilots are susceptible to and could benefit from advances in cockpit pressurization systems.

He highlighted progress developing career progression for remotely piloted aircraft operations, saying the Air Force is creating education and career development opportunities for these service members. 

Horner said the 380th Wing provides critical data to Air Force leaders and is vital to the stability in that region.

He added that  future ISR programs will focus on sifting big data gathered by the ISR platforms used by the Pentagon.

GovConExec magazine, owned by this website’s parent company Executive Mosaic, just recently launched its latest issue focusing on the challenges organizations face with storing and make use of big data. 

Horner said ISR is more than airplanes and cameras, adding the force needs to leverage new technologies that can cross-reference a variety of databases in order to disseminate intelligence. 

The force needs to ensure ISR communications are secure, accessible and integrated with planning and weapons systems, he added.

The goal remains to turn raw data into decision making information for commanders and grounded warfighters, he said. 

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