More than 20,000 [miles] above the Earth’s surface, communication satellites orbit the planet, listening for a signal. Once they receive a signal, they repeat it and send it back down to the surface.

The U.S. Air Force uses many types of satellite communications to transmit data all around the globe. With the encryption of data, the U.S. Air Force denies prying eyes the ability to read critical information. However, desperate enemies often try a number of subterfuge methods to disrupt SATCOM.

This is where the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron’s Silent Sentry (OSY) flight comes into play – to protect critical satellite communication links by employing multiple weapons systems for electronic warfare.

Read more about the U.S Air Force’s Silent Sentry space control mission to defend against jamming attacks on Space Daily here:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Silent_Sentry_Protecting_Space_Communications_999.html.