ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., Oct. 11, 2006 – Joint STARS spent four days sharing their hands-on knowledge of ground surveillance capabilities with NATO representatives from 16 countries.
The Alliance Ground Surveillance Conference was held Oct. 3-6 at the Robins Conference Center.
“From the Joint STARS, we just hope they gain more knowledge from the things we have encountered and endured as a Joint STAR system,” said Maj. Roger “Charlie” Brown, host of the conference and a member of the 116th Air Control Wing. “We hope they can take the knowledge base from us and build on it.”
Ground surveillance systems have two main objectives: first to detect moving objects on the surface of the earth, and second to identify those objects, said Wing Commander Michael Palmer, chairman of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Operation Users Group.
“AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) provides surveillance in the sky and this provides surveillance on the ground,” said Col. Michael Hain, a NATO representative from Germany.
The conference was an opportunity for the 70 representatives in attendance to bounce ideas back and forth and come up with a plan of action for implementing the new ground surveillance capabilities to the alliance.
“Our biggest goal is coming up with a clearly defined road map before the system is implemented,” Palmer said. “We don’t want to repeat their mistakes and we want to capitalize on the good things they’ve done.”
While at Robins, NATO representatives at the conference not only had the opportunity to discuss their own system with one another, but they also