Email this Article Email   

CHIPS Articles: Unmanned aerial vehicle to provide battlefield intelligence

Unmanned aerial vehicle to provide battlefield intelligence
By Army Cyber Command - August 29, 2016
FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name.

The "battlefield" where the unmanned aerial vehicle is currently being evaluated and employed in training exercises is the National Training Center here at Fort Irwin. The vehicle is designed to collect information on an adversary for analysis by cyber operators and military intelligence personnel.

That information is ultimately provided to brigade commanders for their use, according to Maj. Deonand Singh, operations officer for the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland.

During actual combat operations, brigade commanders need information quickly, information Singh termed "tactical insights."

During its most recent employment at the National Training Center, the unmanned vehicle supported 1st Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Riley, Kansas. That unit was on a two-week training rotation at NTC during the first part of August.

The unmanned vehicle conducted reconnaissance of the training scenario's operational information environment, said Lt. Col. Jon Burnett, chief of Army Cyber Command's Cyber Support to Corps and Below, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Capt. Samuel Lough, an offensive cyber operations planner for the exercise, said such information gathered from unmanned vehicles and other means can provide useful insight to the commander in an area of operations, once it is analyzed.

For more information, visit:
Army Research Lab
RDECOM
Army News Service

Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name. The unmanned vehicle is currently being evaluated at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Photo Credit: David Vergun
Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name. The unmanned vehicle is currently being evaluated at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Photo Credit: David Vergun

Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name. The unmanned vehicle is currently being evaluated at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Photo Credit: David Vergun
Soldiers may someday have a new set of eyes on the battlefield thanks to a small unmanned aerial vehicle so new that it doesn't yet have a name. The unmanned vehicle is currently being evaluated at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Photo Credit: David Vergun
Related CHIPS Articles
Related DON CIO News
Related DON CIO Policy

CHIPS is an official U.S. Navy website sponsored by the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer, the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) and the DON's ESI Software Product Manager Team at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

Online ISSN 2154-1779; Print ISSN 1047-9988
Hyperlink Disclaimer