Live in the Middle East? Have an internet connection? Want to identify the planes above your head?

Let’s talk about tracking planes.

The United States Air Force, and every air force, know what they’re doing. It’s literally their job. The USAF have hundreds of billions of dollars at their disposal, every year. Their commanders’ utmost priority is to ensure their mission gets accomplished, and is accomplished with minimal loss of life and equipment; no losses, if at all possible. They also know how their systems work, they’re professionals, but when the American public find out what they’re doing, via Twitter, they get cranky. David Cenciotti (of The Aviationist) has written about this multiple times; the following article was written in 2015, and it wasn’t his first.

Ten Largest Cities in Iraq
Fictional example: coverage area of ten hypothetical receivers in Iraq’s largest cities
Example: Black planes are detected, green are not; they aren’t hiding, it’s not stealth — it’s all about coverage.
Photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, over Iraq, 04.28.2011 (DVIDS)

Steffan Watkins is a open source research consultant interested in the Open Skies Treaty and its implementation, among other things. #OpenSkiesTreaty

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