Gorgon Stare News: Air Force Set to Deploy New Airborne Surveillance System Gorgon Stare in Afghanistan

The Gorgon stare is set to deploy to Afghanistan in what could be one of the militarys most valuable tools.

The device is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system that can transmit live images of physical movement across entire towns.

"Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we're looking at, and we can see everything," according to Maj. Gen. James O. Poss, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Currently, analysts must decide where to point the cameras. With the Gorgon Stare, 65 cameras are constantly recording data from all angles. However, some say the additional data will require much more analysis from military personnel.

"Today an analyst sits there and stares at Death TV for hours on end, trying to find the single target or see something move," Gen. James E. Cartwright, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a conference in New Orleans in November. "It's just a waste of manpower."

The use of unmanned and manned aircraft surveillance has increased exponentially since 2009, according to the Washington Post.

The new device was named after the Greek creature Gorgon. He would turn to stone those who looked into his eyes.

The device is currently being tested, officials say. Each device weighs 1,100 pounds and costs $17.5 million."This is all cutting-edge technology that is being fielded in a short period of time," said retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, who served as deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance."If you look into the not-too-distant future, what these technologies will allow us to do is remove more and more ground forces and replace them with sensors where we normally would have to rely on people going somewhere to find something out," he said.
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