September 10th, 2012
06:41 PM ET

The Air Force's new to monitor a lot of TV

It's hard to believe that reality TV shows with stars like Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashian's can teach the U.S. Air Force something about monitoring tens of thousands of hours of video.  But that's what's happening.

The Air Force is using software used by some reality TV show production companies and sports networks, like ESPN, to tag specific frames or clips of video fed in from U.S. military drones around the world.  In dark, cavernous buildings, sure-eyed intelligence analysts are now able to go back and quickly pinpoint that material as soon as they need to see it again.

The software can be invaluable when time is of the essence and lives are on the line in a battlefield, according to Air Force officials.

CNN Pentagon Correspondent, Chris Lawrence visited an Air Force intelligence facility at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, where airmen monitor some of the thousands of hours of drone video to get a sense of how all of this works.

Filed under: Air Force
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. CurtisReag


    Lunette De Soleil Louis Vuitton Homme
    Nike Air Jordan 7 Femme
    Jeremy Scott Foil Adidas
    Air Jordans 5
    Kanye West X Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost

    March 24, 2017 at 5:58 am | Reply
  2. listas vip otto

    We're a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to paintings on. You have performed an impressive activity and our entire neighborhood can be grateful to you.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
  3. Tayyab Ali

    When it comes to securing your peace of mind, SAFE security, has it covered. We can deliver quality security guards solutions and services with a personal touch and the most professional standards. We provide the best of both worlds. That’s because we deliver personal attention along with the backing of Australia’s largest privately-owned security company.

    View Source:

    September 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  4. John Wayne Gacy

    Any country which produces a show like "Honey Boo Boo doesn't deserve to exist.

    September 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  5. saeed

    there is an australian little whhooree in aleppo Tracey Shelton someone needs to bomb the place where this women is send this australian back home in a trashbag in pieces.

    September 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply

Leave a Reply to John Wayne Gacy


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.