COUNTER-UAV SOLUTIONS FOR THE JOINT FORCE
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL United States
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The recent commercial sales explosion of small, low cost UAVs has renewed discussions amongst security professionals and leaders at all levels of government concerning the threats presented by drones. For well over a decade, these concerns have been presented, discussed, admired, and assessed numerous times. However, a new urgency exists as negligent owners, criminals and terror organizations have realized the capabilities of these devices and are using them in deadly ways. Small-UAVs, which include both remote controlled model aircraft and drones, have been on the commercial market for decades. However, they specifically quadcopters or drones have proliferated in staging numbers over the past few years driving renewed concerns and governmental regulations. While the sales figures are impressive, the capabilities of these devices to be used as surveillance and reconnaissance platforms as well as payload delivery vehicles are even more concerning. These capabilities when coupled with their inherent portability and an operator with evil intentions have proven to be deadly. Fortunately, military and commercial organizations have searched for a means to deal with these small, slow, stealthy devices. Further, several systems have proven to be rather successful in defeating these small-UAV systems and have been employed at various civic and sporting events to monitor and deter potential threats from small-UAVs. As these counter-UAS systems have been developed and tested with success, the joint force must act quickly to choose an agile acquisitions model to procure and employ these weapons systems for the protection of property, assets and personnel. In complimentary fashion, the concept of operational employment of these weapons systems must also be agile and responsive to the evolving threat.
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