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“Creech Air Force Base had the ground control stations, during my tenure as base commander, we covered all 65 combat air patrols of Predator and Reaper drones over Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia,” Belote said.
Engineers said there were backup diesel generators that would provide backup power if they really needed them, he said.
“I had a sneaking suspicion that a moderately armed Boy Scout troop with baseball bats and Leatherman tools, if they knew exactly where to jump the fence close to the Indian Springs casino, they could’ve brought down the entire air war.”
originally posted by: gariac
Creech AFB has slowly been increasing base protection. The base was kind of an afterthought. The Thunderbirds practiced there. The base maintained the scoring system for weapons school. Then they decided to control drones there.
Creech is in the process of buying the land on "their' side of the highway, so the boy scout would have less of a head start. They are also bidding a perimeter control system to make it harder to penetrate the base. They will have a cable system to snag vehicles trying to drive through the fence.
So I view this as an air force official trying to spice up a boring speech. But you shouldn't comment on how poor your security is until you have actually completed all the upgrades.
Note that Nellis AFB has had two vehicles in recent years just crash through the gate.