Detection systems keep critical Air Force assets safe

A program office here is ensuring U.S. Air Force critical assets have increased protection with the recent completion of two projects. Last month, the Force Protection Division concluded government acceptance testing on Intrusion Detection Systems at Sioux City Air National Guard Base, Iowa, and Toledo Air National Guard Base, Ohio. “The purpose of these systems is to augment the role of security forces personnel on the base to ensure priority resources are protected,” said Jason Hamblen, project lead. “The IDS automatically detects an intruder approaching a restricted area boundary and notifies security forces personnel at the Base Defense Operations Center with an alarm and video so they can have a visual of what is happening.” The Security Forces Squadron Commander at Sioux City ANGB, Maj. Brandon East, also emphasized the importance of the IDS. “Our IDS has increased our flightline security tenfold,” he said. “The high-definition cameras provide crystal clear images of the situation enabling the BDOC controller to have a much better understanding of what is going on. The sensor system provides immediate information on the perimeter breach with the cameras panning to that specific location; reaction time has been cut tremendously.” The electronic security systems consist of items such as sensors and assessment systems (closed circuit television systems) and alarm displays to enhance security and improve situational awareness. At Sioux City, the system is helping to protect KC-135 tankers, while at Toledo the system is enhancing the security of F-16 fighters. Hanscom program officials said working with the Air National Guard members was extremely helpful as they contributed to the overall success of the project. For instance, the fence that was at Toledo at the beginning of the project could not function properly as a sensor platform. The Toledo Civil Engineering personnel not only worked with their installation to secure funding for a new fence (sensor

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