The Pentagon is not fully utilizing the Air Force's E-8C Joint STARS, which could greatly aid operations in Afghanistan by tracking insurgent movements, says defense analyst Loren Thompson in a Lexington Institute paper issued Sept. 3, 2009. Here, crewmembers from the 7th Expeditionary Air Combat and Control Squadron monitor and track movement on radar during a mission over Iraq Sept. 1, 2008, aboard an E-8C Joint STARS. The airmen and aircraft are deployed from the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins AFB, Ga.
US Air Force photo by SSgt. Aaron Allmon II
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