Comm Offers Doorway to Web Intel:

Getting time-critical data from intelligence analysts to air and ground assets via the Internet depends on a network of computers maintained by communications specialists. Members of the 10th Intelligence Squadron, Langley AFB, Va., wanted to ensure the 1st Communications Squadron personnel understand the significance of their work, so they invited them to tour the Distributed Ground System-1 facilities—where they could show them how the computer network serves as a weapon system. Many 1st CS airmen “don’t realize the extent and depth of involvement they have in the day-to-day operations in the global war on terror,” said CMSgt. Glen Heacock, the 10th IS systems flight superintendent. When our network “goes down, lives are at stake,” added Heacock.