Man on a Mission: Protecting the men and women who protect us

“On one of my first missions in combat as an infantry platoon leader, I was introduced to a sniper. The first thing you hear before you hear the gunshot is a pop as the bullet breaks the sound barrier near you. That’s when you start counting. Then comes the BANG seconds later. You now have the direction and the approximate distance to the sniper.[…] So now that detection has gone from human to [V5 Acoustic Gunshot Sensor] and that is invaluable in terms of reaction time.”

– Major General Rob Ostenberg, US Army, Retired

Meet Woodside resident Rob Ostenberg. Relaxed, with a youthful bounce that belies his age, he’s a matter-of-fact, no-airs kind of guy with an easy smile. He’s also a decorated Major General, US Army Retired, who has served in conflicts from Vietnam to the global War on Terror. As he casually recounts landing at Al-Taqaddum Airfield in Iraq under mortar-fire, you get a sudden sense of the magnitude of his responsibilities, with over 12,000 active duty and Army Reserve troops under his final command in the West.

Threat assessment was a skill Maj. Gen. Ostenberg has honed over a decades-long career. He sees what our military does well, and he sees where we can do better. In his capacity as a former Domestic Attack Assessor at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (Homeland Defense) , he is clear-eyed about the challenges facing military asset security today, especially perimeter access and control.

Whether it’s an airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan or a major sea port in Charleston, South Carolina, perimeters are long, and intruders are always looking for a way in. No amount of chain link and concertina wire fences and human patrols can repel every single intrusion attempt. Perimeter security is resource-intensive and can cost lives.

Many cities have grown up around once-isolated military bases and building extensive, preventative security isn’t always feasible in urban areas. What if one could expand security beyond the perimeter while saving articles and reducing the risk to soldiers? These are questions that Ostenberg set out to answer definitively.

Which is why he is excited by the solution V5 Systems presents. V5 Systems’ rugged, gunshot-resistant units don’t require fixed power or sleep. As a first line of security, the V5 Systems solution can cover more area more effectively.

These units process real-time information that’s accurate and relevant. Whether it’s smart gunshot detection that reduces officer response time to an on-base tragedy or AI-driven surveillance units that can perform facial recognition before an attacker breaches that first guard-post, better Intel and performance keeps officers mission-ready.

As Ostenberg would say, it’s about making your perimeter work for you and not the other way around.


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