Accession Number:

ADA528786

Title:

Distributed Operations: Communications, Logistics, Education & Training

Descriptive Note:

Group study rept. Feb-Jun 2006

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

2006-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

In the Marine Corps distributed operations DO concept, distributed squads and platoons control large areas by coordinated tactical actions, acquiring ISR intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor data directly or from external sensors while calling on external firepower and reliable long-range resupply. With small units vs. battalions given tactical initiative, their leaders situation-awareness burdens become major issues, also squads radio connectivity and casualty care. DO battalions need more radios, as radio links now extend below company level up to 200 km range. DO units must move more equipment greater distances, worsening current soldier overloads. Their resupply and maintenance needs increase sharply over those of non-DO units, yet current airsurface resupply is inadequate for real-time precision delivery at longer range. These issues mandate a unified DO Marine as system ST push by USMC, ONR and DARPA e.g., robotic groundair resupply, airborne radio relay, medical sensors, artificial blood, major ONR additions to USMC ST funding, and maximal leveraging of DO-relevant Army and DARPA ST.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE