[r63] Messmer Report: Crane: Continuing to Defend America

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, September 9, 2011

This week many of us will take time throughout our communities to remember the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.  We can all probably remember what we were doing the day the terrorists struck the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon with the hijacked airplanes and what a paralyzing feeling it gave us.  Since that unforgettable day, every American realized that we had entered a new era in our country's history.  It made me think about our national defense and what a different role our military would be undertaking to keep our country safe from future attacks.

Last week I talked about the impact of Crane on the local and state economy and the prospects for growth at Crane.  Now I would like to share a few examples of how instrumental the engineers at Crane have been in protecting our troops and adding to our national defense capabilities.

The engineers at Crane have developed a high level of expertise in electronic warfare capabilities, especially in radar systems and special weapons systems.  Their expertise is not only recognized by the Navy, but all branches of the armed services. 

On a recent trip to Crane, they shared some of their insights with me and the other legislators attending.  During the Iraq War, when roadside bombs were taking a heavy toll on US troops, the Defense Department came to Crane to develop a way to stop the use of improvised explosive devices (IED's) against our soldiers.  Crane's engineers were able to determine how the roadside bombs were being detonated and how to jam the trigger mechanism electronically, without shutting down all other cell phone and radio communications in the area of the IED.  A solution was designed within a matter of months, and Crane engineers oversaw the entire operation from design to installation on our military vehicles, and drastically reduced the ability to use IED's against our troops.

Another highly sophisticated electronic system developed by Crane engineers and deployed on the battlefield within the last year is the ground-based surveillance system called GBOSS.  This system developed at Crane allows our ground troops to set up mobile, ground-based radar and remote sensor systems to monitor approximately an 18 mile area detecting any motion in that region.  This allows the military to detect when an enemy troop is actually burying an IED along a roadway and eliminate the threat immediately.   These mobile, land-based sites can be set up in a series to communicate with each other, and with other land-based radar systems to help secure our troops from attack.

These are just a couple examples of the dozens of highly technical systems that are under development at Crane.  Their applications can be used not only on the battlefield, but could also be useful in securing our nation's borders.  Our national defense and security have been greatly enhanced by the dedicated men and women at Crane who support our armed services across the globe.  As we remember the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, take pride in knowing how your friends and neighbors have played a critical role in keeping our country safe.