New Report Predicts Small Drone Threats to Infantry Units, Urges Development of Countermeasures

Concensus Study Report on countering sUASs sponsored by U.S. Army (National Academies Press, www.nap.edu)

Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations (National Academies Press, www.nap.edu)

April 9, 2018 | Source: The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine, nationalacademies.org, 6 Mar 2018, Riya V. Anandwala

The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) that operate without a human pilot, commonly known as drones, has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units.  Although the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are developing tactics and systems to counter single sUASs, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasizes the need for developing countermeasures against multiples UASs — organized in coordinated groups, swarms, and collaborative groups — which could be used much sooner than the Army anticipates.  The committee that conducted the study developed a classified report that details its findings and recommendations, along with an unclassified public version that discusses key background issues presented in this news release.