The Marine Corps Needs a Targeting, Sensors, and Surveillance Systems Operational Integration and Support Team
MARINE CORPS WASHINGTON DC
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A Marine sergeant is leading a four-vehicle patrol down a main supply route MSR in Iraq when it is attacked with an improvised explosive device IED. No one is hurt, though a vehicle sustains minor damage. The triggerman is probably still close lately all IEDs in the area have been initiated via command-wire. The squad leader sets a cordon, ensures an IED 9-Line is sent to the company headquarters, and waits for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal EOD team to arrive. With only fourteen Marines to secure the area, the squad leader cannot go too far in search of the triggerman. Meanwhile, the company quickly relays the report to the watch officer in the battalion Combat Operations Center COC. The air officer and S-2 in the battalion COC immediately collaborate to source overhead surveillance while the watch officer ensures EOD is notified. A Marine Shadow Unmanned Aerial System UAS is currently conducting surveillance in another part of the battalions area of operations AO. The intelligence analyst, who is monitoring the Shadows progress along a pre-assigned target deck via Microsoft Internet Relay Chat mIRC, directs the UAS to the location of the IED attack. The Shadow will be overhead in less than ten minutes.
- Ammunition and Explosives