Unattended ground sensors and precision engagement
Haider, Eric D.
McCormick, Gordon H.
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Unattended ground sensors (UGS) are devices that automatically gather sensor data on a remote target, interpret the data and communicate information back to a receiver without interaction with a human operator. The objective of this thesis is to determine how unattended ground sensor technologies might support precision engagement. Comparative case analysis of the use of sensors in Vietnam, the Sinai and Iraq is used to develop principles that UGS must meet to support precision engagement. This study finds that precision engagement requires long endurance UGS to be delivered covertly to discriminate between targets, interrogate them for emissions, while disseminating a fused picture of the target. This study details roles and missions which UGS can fill as well as their costs, benefits and unintended consequences.
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