BY WAYNE CRENSHAW, The Telegraph

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GA. 

The top civilian in the Air Force was at Robins on Wednesday and explained that new technologies prompted a change in one of its biggest missions.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson toured the base Tuesday, including a visit to the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or J-STARS. The unit is expected to fly for a few more years before the mission will be taken over by the Advanced Battle Management System to be based at Robins.

It was under Wilson’s leadership that the Air Force last year abandoned a plan to buy new planes for J-STARS and shift to a new system that will combine varying technologies to perform the task of tracking enemy movements on the battlefield.

Before leaving the base Wednesday, Wilson met briefly with media and answered questions about the transition of J-STARS. She said she worked with J-STARS as a staff member during its deployment in the first Gulf War, and is familiar with its capabilities.

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