Accession Number : ADA262663


Title :   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on the Future Tactical Battlefield - Are UAVs and Essential Joint Force Multiplier?


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : McGonigle, Ronald L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262663.pdf


Report Date : 12 Aug 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 63


Abstract : This monograph identifies and examines the criterion for the acceptance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as tactical joint force multipliers. The concept for their use rests on historical validation as well as the realization that force multipliers with joint applicability appropriately reflect new political and fiscal realities. Current and near term UAV technology offers some very needed capabilities to aid success on the future tactical field of battle. The monograph investigates the historical use of UAVs, specifically concentrating on Israeli use in the 1982 Lebanon Air War and United States use during operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Historical examples serve to demonstrate UAV capability across five broad mission areas: reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; targeting; deception; electronic warfare; and command and control. Finally, the monograph discusses the current status and projected future of UAVs. Discussion in this area surrounds the recently created UAV Joint Program Office, cost-effectiveness of UAVs, and institutional inertia. Research shows that it would pay the United States to invest in the flexibility of UAVs. They are proven in combat, cost-effective, adaptable to future technology, and are a logical choice to multiply combat force m the future battlefield. Overcoming organizational resistance, not technology, is the major barrier to UAV acceptance. ATARS, Close range UAV, Integrated air defense system, ISTARS Medium range UAV, Synthetic aperture radar, Tactical air launched decoy, UAV, UAVJPO, Very low cost UAV, Vertical takeoff UAV.


Descriptors :   *BATTLEFIELDS , *TACTICAL WARFARE , *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , AIR DEFENSE , LEBANON , CONTROL , ELECTRONIC WARFARE , UNITED STATES , INERTIA , ACQUISITION , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , COST EFFECTIVENESS , VALIDATION , LOW COSTS , TARGET ACQUISITION , RESISTANCE , RADAR , SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR , TARGETS , MISSIONS , UNMANNED , BARRIERS , OPERATION , TAKEOFF , DECOYS , SALARIES , TARGETING , BATTLES , SURVEILLANCE , COMBAT FORCES , RECONNAISSANCE , SELECTION , AIR LAUNCHED , APERTURES , DECEPTION , ISRAELIS


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE