UAVs for the Operational Commander: Don't Ground MAV (Manned Aerial Vehicles)!
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle UAV technology has progressed considerably over the past twenty years. UAVs originally served only in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ISR roles, but now routinely conduct strikes in support of commanders objectives. As UAVs are further integrated into the nations Joint Air capabilities, many proponents assert that they will soon replace the full spectrum of manned platforms. This would include service in roles such as Air-to-Air superiority, Air-to-Ground strikes, Electronics Warfare EW, Command and Control, and Sustainment operations. It is essential that proven UAV technology be carefully and methodically integrated into the commanders arsenal of aerial options. This paper identifies critical capabilities and limitations associated with UAVs, along with technical challenges and shortfalls that may or may not be remedied in the near future. Finally, it expands analysis to include options for the JFLCC, and concludes with recommendations for the operational commander.
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