Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

By Brandon Pollachek Operation Big Miguel, a Caravan aircraft with an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance payload helped detect more than 5,500 suspects and 63,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $50.5 million. (U.S. Army photo.) Technology originally created to track improvised explosive device (IED) networks in Afghanistan and Iraq is finding new purpose in supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with mission overwatch during border patrol missions. The Product Manager Observe, Detect, and Identify (PdM ODI) assisted Joint Task Force North (JTF-N) with an operation called Big Miguel by providing payloads and operators similar to those used by Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize) […]