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    Innovation for Intelligence

    Innovation for Intelligence

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram | U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram 

    181st Intelligence Wing Public Affairs

    HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind., - The 181st Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) is one of the leading intelligence organizations in the Air National Guard, utilizing innovation to create a mission capability deriving from the Distributed Ground Station (DGS) mission.

    The DGS connects multiple intelligence platforms and sensors. Airmen working in the DGS produce data and gather intelligence collected by a variety of sensors on the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and other ISR equipment.

    “We needed to provide more training to our Airmen on the systems they would be using in the DGS,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Brian McCammon, Indiana Air National Guard, 181st ISRG, 137th Intelligence Squadron. “We created a continuation training team to train on an unclassified version of the DGS mission.”

    With the new system in place, the 181st ISRG realized the system could be used for real-world operations.

    “We created the Indiana Incident Awareness and Assessment team and partnered up with the Civil Air Patrol to provide information to local agencies when needed,” said McCammon. “This process became known as the Unclassified Processing, Analysis and Dissemination (UPAD) system.”

    The UPAD team has the capability to conduct aerial assessments of disaster areas and provide the information to agency leaders in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, and protect property.

    The need was for a system that provided more training for new Intelligence Airmen, but evolved into a vital asset to the community, state, and nation in real world operations.

    “We provided assistants to the flooding in Indiana, ice build-up on rivers, and aided the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said McCammon.

    The IAA is capable of responding to multiple requests for civil support, and having a UPAD team makes them more versatile.

    “We created this system because we saw the need for more training for our Airmen, but then realized it could be used for so much more,” said McCammon. “I believe that makes us one of the most innovative groups out there.”



    Date Taken: 09.11.2018
    Date Posted: 09.11.2018 08:12
    Story ID: 292153
    Location: TERRE HAUTE, IN, US 

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