Control of Marine Unmanned Air Vehicles: Concepts for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Family of Systems Command and Control in Amphibious Operations
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Unmanned air vehicles UAVs have been mitigating risks since February 1863, when Charles Perley used an alarm clock timer linked to bomb bay doors on a hot air balloon to drop ordnance behind enemy lines in the Civil War. The desire to wage war with tools that mitigate risk to human life and that are resistant to the environmental, physical, and mental stresses of combat has led to the growth of unmanned technologies. Todays UAVs fly from as low as 500 feet to altitudes in excess of 95,000 feet, and vary in weight from less than a pound to thousands of pounds. Furthermore, advances in communications and control have extended the operational range of UAVs beyond what had ever been imagined. Unfortunately, the Marine Corps amphibious doctrine has not kept pace with the employment of UAVs in the amphibious operations area AOA. The Marine Corps must develop amphibious command and control, facilities, and training for the organic Marine unmanned aircraft systems family of systems UASFoS to optimize UASFoS role in amphibious warfare and to reduce the increasing danger to friendly and neutral civilian entities.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Marine Engineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems