The Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle Impact on Sustainment Operations
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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This study examines the implications associated with fielding an autonomous unmanned aerial system to provide sustainment functions at the tactical level. The lack of an organic sustainment platform that can keep pace with dismounted infantry soldiers creates a capability gap for the Infantry Brigade Combat Team. An additional gap currently exists between the various strategy documents outlining the roadmap for fielding autonomous technologies and the policies of the Department of Defense. Using a tactical scenario to employ an autonomous platform, this study evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of autonomous aerial resupply. The author argues that autonomous unmanned aerial systems provide enhanced mobility and adaptability to dismounted infantry rifle companies and allow for increased freedom of action. This studys implications serve to highlight the need for greater dialogue on the policies that govern the development and use of autonomous systems.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics