Accession Number:

ADA517767

Title:

Needless Incentives For Unmanned Aerial System Controllers

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-20

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Would you consider an online gamer playing a combat video game the same as a Marine engaged in actual combat That is essentially what the Department of Defense is doing in an attempt to increase the number of unmanned aerial system controllers. The use of unmanned aerial systems on the battlefield has increased exponentially during the last decade. As the number of unmanned aerial systems continues to grow, the need for personnel to control these systems will also rise. The proliferation of unmanned aerial systems has accelerated more rapidly than the number of controllers trained to operate them. In an attempt to close this gap, incentives, normally reserved for pilots and aircrew, have been made available to UAS controllers. Controllers of unmanned aerial systems do not assume any of the risks inherent to flying, are not in current flight status and require much less time to train therefore, they should not receive aviation incentive pay or be eligible for aviation awards.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE