Defining Unmanned Aircraft System Swarms


U.S. Army photo by Pvt. James Newsome, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Threat Systems Management Office push a swarm of 40 drones through the town during the battle of Razish, National Training Center on May 8th, 2019. This exercise was the first of many held at the National Training Center. (U.S. Army Photo by Pv2 James Newsome)

Posted: May 27, 2020 | Completed: August 6, 2019 | DTIC Accession No.: DSIAC-2191004
How do different U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organizations define unmanned aircraft system (UAS) swarms?

Drone swarming is a debated definition within the DoD community and a term that has varied definitions, depending on the organization discussing it. DSIAC was tasked with collecting how different DoD organizations and U.S. armed services define UAS swarms. DSIAC used open sources, counter-UAS USA conference presentations, and subject matter expert input to collect DoD definitions of a UAS swarm. A report of these findings was delivered to the inquirer.


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