The UAV and the Operational Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper will address the UAVs evolution into a valuable asset for the operational commander. The writer argues that the integration of UAV sensor data into a common network was pivotal in underscoring the UAVs ability to support the operational commander. The UAV has improved and continues to improve the operational commanders capabilities. Todays UAV has the capability to enhance operational command and control C2 by improving the commanders battle space awareness. The operational commanders ability to plan, sequence, synchronize and orchestrate joint and combined activities is enhanced by UAV technologies. This paper will explore the UAVs impact on the operational commander using a past and present approach. It will provide the reader with a brief history of the UAV and its current capabilities. It will explore the UAVs recent operational and C2 contributions in both Bosnia and Kosovo. And finally, it will take a speculative look at how the UAV can provide the operational commander with the ability to support operational functions.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics