What’s the best unmanned sensor aircraft available today to support the warfighter on the ground? “It’s a thing called information,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Shugg, commander of the Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence at Creech AFB, Nev., April 1. Speaking at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s Sensor-to-Shooter conference in Arlington, Va., Shugg said the feedback he has gotten from the guys in the fight indicates that it really doesn’t matter what the platform is as long as the warfighters have access to the information they need when they need it. In some cases, this may even mean that intelligence data is still relevant when it is hours or days old, thus obviating the need to dispatch a UAV anew to gather more info, he said.
May 5, 2021
Two more B-52s arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on May 4, bringing the total number of Stratofortresses deployed to the region to six as the U.S. continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., will be available to…