That's a pretty explosive assertion. What makes supporters of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System so sure they can deliver? For starters, the system can merge moving target information with synthetic aperture radar displays to provide near real-time, high-resolution images located in relation to their environment—as in this picture of north- and southbound traffic (yellow and purple, respectively) over the Zapanja pontoon bridges in Bosnia.
The lack of detailed, accurate, and timely information on the location and movement of friendly and enemy forces has had an immense influence on military operations—and an equally great impact on the way military forces are organized, trained, and equipped. The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) has demonstrated in war and peace—Operations Desert Storm and Joint Endeavor—its ability to pierce darkness and poor visibility to give commanders precise locations of almost all mobile forces operating within an area in excess of 40,000 square kilometers.