…. by Press TV, Tehran
[ Editors Note: The scare factor is being hyped here, for the usual reasons. The ballons are no major step forward for more intrusion as satellites have been doing exactly this for a long time now with none of the current hysteria.
With the pressure on budget cuts now the balloons are just a much much cheaper way to do it, more flexible, and easier to keep updated.
Believe me, the big defense folks would much prefer to use the hugely more expensive systems, but frankly the balloon people have been going after their business. One might even ask if the big satellite defense contractors would be behind much of the anti-balloon hype. Gosh..imagine that!
We know a bit about this due to our currently birthing Adamas Aerospace, the flag ship of our counter terrorism efforts. The balloons themselves are not the critical factor…but what goes on them. And the really classified stuff…that is not even allowed inside the US, in terms of being offered…for security reasons. I will let you ponder that for a while. Many of you will figure it out.
The integration software systems are the key to making it all work and they are all patented, and you can also guess who has all the patents. The packages are being configured to be able to provide a wide array of options to provide their users the biggest bang for their bucks.
ADAMAS skyships are capable of security missions and, within hours, can be reconfigured for scientific research or as luxury transport for visiting dignitaries.
ADAMAS LTA platforms are more than the promise of security. They not only deliver unparalleled intelligence support but are virtually indestructible (when tested by the UK MOD).
As compared with helicopters or drones, LTA platforms are far less expensive to operate, carry vastly greater sensor packages and are perceived as a source of national pride rather than “death from above.”
ADAMAS LTA platforms and sensors can secure elections, protect oil production facilities, secure wildlife from poachers or find valuable mineral deposits, invaluable assets to national security, economic development and social cohesion.
Combined with Adamas software development and intelligence fusion operations, data on terror threats, oil spills or disaster recovery operations can be presented quickly and concisely while appropriate and timely response is possible.
These ships will enable a level of security and other goals to be realized without bleeding the users being bled dry on costs, or diverting funding from other critical areas that must be covered in today’s full spectrum security needs.
– First published January 23th, 2014 –
The US Army plans to deploy two massive airships with powerful surveillance systems over the US state of Maryland to monitor the country’s East Coast round-the-clock, heightening privacy concerns.
The airships, known as aerostats, will be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test starting from October.
The US Army says the aerostats will cast a vast radar net with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital.
The radar system that is planned for the aerostats will be capable of monitoring the movement of trains, boats and cars, the Army said.
However, the prospect of military-grade tracking technology floating inside the US has sparked privacy concerns amid a time of rising worry about the growth of government eavesdropping by the National Security Agency (NSA).
“That’s the kind of massive persistent surveillance we’ve always been concerned about with drones,” said Jay Stanley, a privacy expert for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s part of this trend we’ve seen since 9/11, which is the turning inward of all of these surveillance technologies.”
Privacy advocates say location information gathered by the airships can easily lead to the identification of individuals if collected on a mass scale and analyzed over time.
American whistleblower Edward J. Snowden revealed last year that the NSA is gathering communications en masse from around the world, violating the privacy rights of Americans and foreign individuals.