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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Air Force and the military hold the key to success

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Air Force and the military hold the key to success (UAVs, remotely piloted aircraft)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Air Force and Army Hold the key to success (UAVs, remotely piloted aircraft)
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have experienced explosive demand in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years due to their ability to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) offer large theaters of operations. This article discusses the differences between the Air Force and the approach of the army to meet the demand for effective and efficient UAS operations. The first difference between the services command and control (C2), the analysis focused on centralized versus decentralized C2. The second difference relates to operations sites and explores the benefits of remote operation via in-theater operations. The final difference is in UAS operators; the Air Force has insisted in the past on pilots and officers while the army leaves UAS operations in the hands of very capable NCOs. Each of these differences will be examined with regard to the current focus on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. This article concludes with recommendations for the integration of aspects of the practice and teaching every service of joint doctrine will remain flexible in the whole range of military operations.

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