Unmanned Warfare May Be Closer Than You Think…Or Want

The use of drones has increased over the last few years, and they are now an integral part of many military operations. The US leads in the use of drones, but we are not alone. Many other nations are using unmanned vehicles as well. These drones can fly, dive to deep depths, and even operate land vehicles. One thing they have not been able to do very well, however, is communicate with one another. That may be changing.

In an exercise that is being called Unmanned Warrior, advanced technologies are being tested and researched by 40 NATO countries and others. The exercise is being held just west of Scotland, off the coast. The focus is to learn ways that drones can play more important roles during war.

The exercise will look into 5 themes: Anti-Submarine Warfare, Geo-Spatial Intel Gathering, Countermeasures Against Mines, Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance.

uavDuring a call to reporters, it was announced that one of the main goals is to work on finding better ways American and British underwater drones can communicate with each other as they work together on various types of marine missions.

In other exercises, research was done between land-based drones and aerial drones. These exercises focused on using communications between various types of drones as relay units to pass information from one unit to another and then to command centers.

According to Capt. Beth Creighton, the Navy officer in charge of the exercise, the results of the testing and research will be compiled to identify plans for future exercises and “lessons learned.” The exercise took place from Oct. 8 to Oct. 20.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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