The Aviation Detachment in the U.S. Army's Unit of Action: Full Spectrum Dominance
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This paper examines the currently proposed composition of the U.S. Armys Unit of Action Aviation Detachment, twelve Comanches and eight TUAVs, and attempts to evaluate this mix of platforms to determine if it will provide the Unit of Action commander with the right tools to shape his fight. In order to make this evaluation, empirical data from Aviation and Troop Command Joint Combat And Tactical Simulation ATCOM JCATS was analyzed to determine the operational performance, survivability, and sustainability of the detachment. The scenario replicated within the simulation was a high intensity, early entry scenario, a scenario in which the entire UA is supposed to be able to conduct autonomous operations for seventy-two hours. Based on the established criteria, this paper concludes that, with reservation, the twelve RAH-66s and eight TUAV mix did provide the commander the tools needed to accomplish his mission. The reservation is based on a gap in coverage the research uncovered. In order to compensate for this break in coverage, and to provide the commander with the optimal mix, the author recommends that an additional Comanche be allocated to each of the two troops within the detachment, and that no degradation be made to the quantity of TUAVs.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics