Mar 12, 2015 2:05 PM by Brian Johnson
Beale Air Force Base welcomed media for an inside look into their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions yesterday.
It's also known as ISR, and various wings and groups on base contribute to providing answers to American decision makers, giving support to ground troops, and helping in global humanitarian missions.
And as most in the North State are probably already aware, Beale is known for being home to the U-2 spy plane and the Global Hawk.
Beale's Commander said both are superior aircraft with highly capable sensors for gathering high altitude images that can be sent to these decision makers.
"Do you want to fly anywhere on the globe at a long range and cover the entire pacific, the entire continent of Africa, the entire middle east? I'm going to choose an RQ-4, immediately," said Col. Doug Lee. "Do I want flexibility, responsiveness, I'm going to choose a U-2. Often times a commanders need both, and that's what we provide for them."
However, Col. Lee said if sequestration happens, the U-2 and RQ-4 block 40 aircrafts will be retired, reducing high altitude ISR capacity by 50%.