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U.S. Army to Launch 2 Blimps Over Washington, DC Against Missile Attacks

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

U.S. Army to launch 2 blimps over Washington, DC against missile attacksDr. Eowyn:

The U.S. Army will deploy two huge blimps (Elevated Netted Sensor Systems) that will cast an aerial defense net over a wide swath from Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC, ostensibly to protect Washington, DC from missile attacks.

We are told the blimps are not armed, although they can be.

We are told the blimps will not spy on Americans, although they may/will undertake “incidental collection” of data and information on us.

George Orwell’s Big Brother? The Terminator’s Skynet? Sauron’s Eye in Lord of the Rings’? Take your pick.

U.S. Army to launch 2 blimps over Washington, DC against missile attacksOriginally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

CNN reports on Dec. 18, 2014, that the U.S. Army plans to launch two “blimps” at 10,000-feet in the air to protect the Washington D.C. area from possible air attacks.

The blimps are JLENS (Joint Land attack cruise missile defense Elevated Netted Senor) with the following features:

  • No firing ability
  • Used for the detection of cruise missiles
  • Carry technology that will almost double the reach of ground radar

Here are screenshots I took from the 1:07 minute-long CNN video:

JLENSJLENS blimpJLENS blimp1FromWikipedia:

The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, is an aerial detection system designed to track ground vehicles, cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, boats and other threats. The system has four primary components: two tethered aerostats which utilize a helium/air mix, armored mooring stations, sophisticated radars, and a processing station designed to communicate…

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