Friday, September 02, 2005

airborne communications platforms

Just a comment to add: I am a retired Army signal Corps type, and I have
been looking for reports of communications facilitated by airborne
platforms. Having a helicopter set up with communications gear hovering
for a shift can make a huge difference. I've seen it done, and its
remarkably effective especially over long distances. The only thing I
can figure is that all helicopters available are running higher priority
missions. But one essential feature of command and control is good
communications. Surprised that tried-and-true technology isn't out in
front. Then again, the news doesn't cover everything that goes on. But
complaints about the lack of communication are disturbing.