Long Range Surveillance Units (LRSU): The Past, Present, and Future
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The demise of the LRRP concept in 1974 created a glaring gap in the commanders ability to collect reliable and accurate combat information on the enemy. In the aftermath of the LRRP, a great reliance was placed on technology to answer the need for timely and accurate intelligence. Unfortunately, technology does not satisfy a tactical commanders entire requirement for combat information. Rain, snow, fog, or radio interference can defeat the most sophisticated of ground based or overhead surveillance systems. Fortunately, the Army has learned very well the lessons of the past and has put the human element back in the intelligence collection business. In 1986 the Army revitalized human combat intelligence collection with the activation of a Long Range Surveillance LRS company at corps and a detachment at division level. The author examines the background of present day LRS units and highlights current capabilities and operational challenges. Recommendations and conclusions are offered for consideration. Keywords Reports.
- Military Intelligence