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posted by evanfitz
NK is a very real threat if tampered with. The DMZ is the largest guarded border in the world. Well over a million troops are protecting it. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by hawk74
...Korean leaders know they can't shoot down a US plane without reprisial, thats why its in the news...
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
...If by some mircle, they got a missle to the US and say it had a nuclear device on it-NK would end...period...NK like to mouth off lots, but they have neither the tech or ability to do any real damage to the us, the us however, has the ability to kill every living thing in NK...
The USAF RC-135V/W RIVET JOINT surveillance aircraft are equipped with an extensive array of sophisticated intelligence gathering equipment enabling military specialists to monitor the electronic activity of adversaries. Also known as "RJ", the aircraft are sometimes called "hogs" due to the extended "hog nose" and "hog cheeks". RIVET JOINT has been widely used in the 1990's -- during Desert Storm, the occupation of Haiti, and most recently over Bosnia. Using automated and manual equipment, electronic and intelligence specialists can precisely locate, record and analyse much of what is being done in the electromagnetic spectrum. The fleet of 14 RIVET JOINT aircraft increased to 15 in late 1999 with the addition of a converted C-135B. The jet's conversion cost about $90 million.
Basic roles include:
providing indications about the location and intentions of enemyforces and warnings of threatening activity
broadcasting a variety of direct voice communications. Of highest priority are combat advisory broadcasts and imminent threat warnings that can be sent direct to aircraft in danger
operating both data and voice links to provide target info to US ground based air defenses
The RIVET JOINT aircraft are capable of conducting ELINT and COMINT intercept operations against targets at ranges of up to 240 kilometers [in contrast to the 280 kilometer intercept range of the higher-flying U-2].
The RIVET JOINT aircraft operated by the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., provide direct, near real-time reconnaissance information and electronic warfare support to theater commanders and combat forces. In support of the 55th, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron operates out of Mildenhall and provides pilots and navigators to fly the aircraft. The 488th Intelligence Squadron provides the intelligence personnel who work in the back of the plane. Since the beginning of Operation Joint Endeavor December 21, 1995 through May 1996 the 95th and 488th flew 625 hours and 72 sorties together in support of the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
RIVET JOINT (RC-135V/W) is an air refuelable theater asset with a nationally tasked priority. It collects, analyzes, reports, and exploits enemy BM/C4I. During most contingencies, it deploys to the theater of operations with the airborne elements of TACS (AWACS, ABCCC, Joint STARS, etc.) and is connected to the aircraft via datalinks and voice as required. The aircraft has secure UHF, VHF, HF, and SATCOM communications. Refined intelligence data can be transferred from Rivet Joint to AWACS through the Tactical Digital Information Link TADIL/A or into intelligence channels via satellite and the TACTICAL INFORMATION BROADCAST SERVICE (TIBS), which is a nearly real-time theater information broadcast.
The U-2 provides continuous day or night, high-altitude, all-weather, stand-off surveillance of an area in direct support of U.S. and allied ground and air forces. It provides critical intelligence to decision makers through all phases of conflict, including peacetime indications and warnings, crises, low-intensity conflict and large-scale hostilities. When requested, the U-2 also has provided photographs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of disaster relief.
The U-2 is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude, reconnaissance aircraft. Long, wide, straight wings give the U-2 glider-like characteristics. It can carry a variety of sensors and cameras, is an extremely reliable reconnaissance aircraft, and enjoys a high mission completion rate. However, the aircraft can be a difficult aircraft to fly due to its unusual landing characteristics. Because of its high altitude mission, the pilot must wear a full pressure suit.
posted by RemusUK
The US Government should leave North Korea alone . . [Edited by Don W]
“ . , just as they should have listened to JFK and left Vietnam alone. Underestimation is the worst enemy, not these nations.
posted by jtma508
The planes serve an important function in intelligence gathering. Satellites and high-altitude aircraft focus on imaging and radar-mapping, these planes are flying listening stations. They monitor, record and analyze radar and low-power tactical communications. They have to get close because the transmitters are purposely putting out low power to prevent eavesdropping. Detecting these signals we can determine capabilities, transmitter locations, communication protocols and technology not to mention the actual message content and coding systems. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
The former Clinton ambassador to NK says Kim Jong Il has materials for at least 2 and maybe up to 10 atom bombs. This is not to say Jong has any bombs. Atomic bomb-making is not easy so I read.
posted by jtma508
Don . . we need to keep track of what they are doing because it changes constantly. Newer technology (like NK could get from the Russians and Chinese) use all sorts of frequency hoping and phase modulation techniques to encrypt communications. The algorithms are constantly changed so we have to keep up with what they are doing. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by evanfitz
You'd think that we wouldn't even need spy planes with all of these satellites in space.
posted by desert
Lordy, Donwhite, the plane may be old but it's what's inside that counts. Here's an info link to future replacement for EP-3
[Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
The other day a person who had been to NK spoke on CSpan2 and explained how much better an infrastructure the NK had than the American people are led to believe by both White House inspired CIA prop and the lazy American media. Comparing NK to E Germany, he said NK was more advanced and could fit in easily with South Korea in a unified country. America has decided we do not want the 2 Korea’s to unify.
posted by desert
Hey, Donwhite! Well, that was my thought, too, when I read Gulfstream. I laughed at "bloated F117A" Q1&2, no, maybe AF looking at UAV's? [Edited by Don W]
I remember thinking during talk of war with Iraq, thinking wait Kim Il-sung is talking about sending missiles to America and that would be to the West Coast, hello anybody listening, guess not as W-DC is on the East Coast! [Edited by Don W]
posted by centurion1211
This isn't the best version I've seen, but it still shows why the above statement about North Korea being a better place than the U.S. government lets on simply is not true. Almost the entire earth is ablaze with lights, but the entire area where north Korea is located is dark. No lights, no civilized society. Makes South Korea look like it's an island.