Accession Number : AD1039921


Title :   Drone Swarms


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,06 Jul 2016,25 May 2017


Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Sanders,Andrew W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1039921.pdf


Report Date : 25 May 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : Drone swarms are here. The United States, China, and Russia are on the forefront of drone swarm development and utilization. However, the low cost and easy accessibility to drones allow non-state actors to utilize drones in imaginative and creative ways, to include swarming. The aim of the monograph is to address the following question: What utility do drone swarms provide the military? Drone swarms provide numerous advantages, to include persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting; low-risk and low-cost to military personnel and organizations, and the potential to paralyze personal and organizational decision making. In contrast, drone swarms come with vulnerabilities and challenges. The vulnerabilities range from an adversary hacking to the existence of counter swarm weapons, and some challenges include organizational resistance and international law. Drone swarms are here and are coming to a battlefield soon, and it is time to address how best to employ them. After outlining the potential benefits and limitations of drone swarms, the monograph concludes with four recommendations: the need for narrative, establishing a drone swarm doctrine, understanding human-drone interface, and an organizational transition for drone swarm employment.


Descriptors :   Military vehicles , drones , unmanned aerial vehicles , military operations , unmanned ground vehicles , unmanned surface vehicles , unmanned underwater vehicles , Military doctrine , Remotely piloted vehicles , military applications


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Pilotless Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE