US Defense Department proposes counter unmanned aerial system office headed by the army

US Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord is behind a new counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) office to be established in Arlington, Virginia. Staffed by approximately 60 people, the move follows an announcement by Lord that counter UAS activities are to be overseen by the US Army.

The office will examine the many counter-UAS efforts across the Defense Department and come up with three to five systems that are best for the military and make sure they are effectively leveraged, according to a report published by National Defense. The outcome of the review process, including independent tests and evaluation of currently fielded systems, are expected to be available in April 2020 with the selection of three to five systems. The National Defense report added that the Defense Department is bringing together a number of organizations, including the office of the director of operational test and evaluation and Defense Digital Service, to work on the effort.

“One size does not fit all,” Lord said. “You need a system with multiple sensors … or defeat systems. And the key is really the command-and-control and then the communication across theatre.”

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