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USAF expands intelligence training provision

20th January 2022 - 15:35 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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526th IS is expanding its training delivery to encompass global USAF units. (Photo: USAF/Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

The USAF is expanding its ISR training capabilities through an initiative that sees 526th Intelligence Squadron providing training scenarios for US units across the globe.

Based at Nellis AFB in Nevada, the 526th Intelligence Squadron (526 IS) has been responsible for generating simulated intelligence to provide advanced training to USAF Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) operators that support ISR aircraft, primarily at Red Flag exercises.

Hosted three times a year by the 414th Combat Training Squadron, Red Flag provides aircrews with a high-intensity live training experience but recent Air Combat Command (ACC) studies have shown that only around 10% of intelligence professionals were given the opportunity to participate in a Red Flag or similar so-called Large Force Exercises (LFE).

A USAF backgrounder document describes DCGS (AN/GSQ-272

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