Forging Space Warriors
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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In Enduring Freedom, U-2s are flying over Afghanistan, collecting data, and then sending it back to 9th Intelligence Support Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, where the imagery is analyzed and potential target coordinates are mensurated. The coordinates are passed along to the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base to prioritize and include in the air tasking order. Coordinates and imagery sent from the United States are used to match weapons with targets. This reliance on reachback is key to expeditionary culture and has reduced the number of deployed personnel. The capabilities provided by Air Force Space Command are an indispensable but nearly transparent part of what makes reachback possible.
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