Accession Number:

ADA386387

Title:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Special Operations: Future Directions

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

130.0

Abstract:

Advances in computing, miniaturization, imaging, and data transmission technologies are precursors to a more important role for UAVs in warfare. UAVs are likely, first, to revolutionize the way reconnaissance and surveillance are conducted, second, to increase the capabilities of small units, third, to join manned platforms in the conduct of assault and attack missions, and finally help provide the numerous nodes necessary to facilitate both the digital connectivity and swarming forces envisioned in future network- centric formations. This thesis focuses on answering six questions -What missions can UAVs perform -What missions should UAVs perform -What type of UAV is appropriate for each mission -How can SOF use UAVs -Who should own the UAV from a SOF perspective -What level of control is required and where Results include what UAV missions and types could support special operations, which of these should be performed by UAVs organic to special operations, and which should be performed by the Services UAVs, as well as recommendations for future command and control of UAVs supporting special operations. Results are presented in matrix form for easy correlation of related factors. The thesis concludes with a twenty year pronostication of UAV development and recommends areas for future study.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE