HOW DRONES USE SATELLITES
Might have to watch it a couple times, it's very short but full of information.
Chris Cole (UK Drone Campaign Network) reports:
The Distributed Common Ground System is the US military’s key tool for collecting, analysing and distributing information and intelligence collected from U-2, Global Hawk, Predator, Reaper, MC-12 and what the USAF discreetly calls “other ISR platforms” (i.e. the Sentinel). Other, more traditional manned aircraft also feed intelligence from various electronic sensors into the DCGS.
There are five military DCGS core sites which receive, analyze and disseminate information from “multiple ISR platforms in multiple theaters of operation simultaneously.” The core sites, which are in turn networked with more than 20 other specialist information processing sites, are located at Langley Air Force base in Virginia, Beale Air Force base in California, Hickam Air Force base in Hawaii; Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Osan Air Force Base in South Korea.
A sixth DCGS, developed and operated by the US ‘intelligence community’ is not marked on the map no doubt for national security reasons.