Joint Remotely-Controlled Component Command: An Enabler for the Future of Unmanned Systems
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The use of unmanned systems has grown substantially over the past decade, yet the current supply of unmanned systems cannot keep pace with the demand for their capabilities. While there has been a great deal of discussion on the need for more unmanned systems and the need for these systems to be interoperable, very little discussion has been devoted the joint doctrine governing command and control of unmanned systems. This paper examines the growing trend of unmanned technology development and some of the lessons learned from the employment of unmanned systems in combat. It goes on to consider the current DOD programs and command and control doctrine in place to support these systems. Finally, the paper draws conclusions concerning current DOD initiatives in the field of unmanned systems, and recommends areas for further research and analysis to improve the development and employment of unmanned systems to better serve combatant commanders.
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