THE OPERATIONAL challenge Providing an integrated security system for tactical airbases Airbase security commanders face unique challenges when protecting their sites from diverse threats. They must simultaneously ensure the security of both the open spaces surrounding exposed runways and the equipment and personnel within airbase facilities. There is an increasing need for more comprehensive and detailed real-time information on activities throughout the base, in order to pinpoint and assess abnormal activities. Traditionally, airbase security solutions—especially for initial airbase openings—have relied largely on stationary guards and foot patrols focused on the highest-value assets. The ability to detect and respond to a threat has depended primarily on diligent human monitoring. It can be difficult to dedicate the resources necessary to continually patrol an airbase’s remote security perimeter locations. It takes only a moment for an intruder to slip through a compromised fence at the end of a runway or through a walkway partially hidden from view. Constant “eyes on” monitoring of all fences, roads, walkways, munitions stores, doors, and building access points can prove impractical. And mistakenly deploying a response team to the site of a false alarm can divert scarce patrols from more important areas at critical times. Security forces need a means to economically observe more assets over wider areas. The capability to detect unusual activity in areas that are infrequently patrolled is crucial. And, when an incident occurs, security forces need to coordinate with airbase operations staff, exchanging timely and accurate information about the events as they unfold. The current location and intent of intruders must be quickly determined. Only when armed with a complete picture can the security force commander direct an appropriately tailored response. The combination of large, open runway spaces and contiguous hangars, terminals and tower control facilities presents a challenge requiring flexible and configurable, yet integrated, solutions. These solutions should demonstrate the following capabilities: l Reduce the manpower required to monitor approaches to the airfield l Produce minimal false and nuisance alarms to minimize the burden on security force response teams l Be scalable to support both initial airfield openings, as well as provide comprehensive security for well-established airfields l Utilize open architectures to allow for integration with other situational awareness systems and to enable the incorporation of newer technology or additional capability The Harris Airbase Perimeter Security System can significantly improve the reliability of detecting security incidents, as well as increase the effectiveness of the response. The system provides reliable remote monitoring of all points of interest, freeing up security staff to focus on analysis and threat assessment. It automates the collection, analysis, and distribution of information both up and down the chain of command.
Airbases are inherently large, open areas requiring significant assets to monitor Using video for assessing the nature and intent of intruders enables users to more effectively differentiate threats from normal activities. The system facilitates the seamless exchange of voice, video, and sensor/location data with response teams, and allows the actions of those teams to be monitored. Information and response coordination can easily be shared between the command staff and the airbase operations center. Ultimately, commanders can make better informed decisions which are based on multiple sources of information. The Harris Airbase Perimeter Security System provides commanders: l Complete Coverage — To monitor approaches to the base, the perimeter, and key assets on the base with one system l Enhanced Command and Control — Sharing of data, video, imagery, and voice ensures that everyone has a complete understanding of the threat and required response l Scalable Solution — Key subsystems are easily transported and deployed to provide increased security during early entry operations; additional capability is seamlessly added as the airbase becomes fully operational l Video Management and Storage — A video database of security events can be used to provide evidence to prosecute criminals, review the operation, and train future forces l Existing Capability —The system is available now, to help commanders deal with difficult force protection scenarios from conventional and asymmetric threats 3