A decade of meager investment in tactical surveillance catches up with France
The French request for a British Sentinel radar surveillance aircraft to support Operation Serval in Mali highlights France's shortage of tactical intelligence assets, which have advanced little beyond helicopters and targeting pods on jets, despite years of experience in Afghanistan. The Sentinel's Jan. 25 deployment to Dakar, Senegal, came at a turning point in the fight against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in France's former West African colony. With the system's ground station ...
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