Col. Thomas von Eschenbach was commissioned in June 1991 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University where he was... More
Retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn A. Rizzi is a 1984 Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of South Florida. His military assignments include serving as an aeroscout section commander and a Class III/V platoon leader in... More
TRADOC Capability Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems performs as the Army's centralized and overall coordinator for all combat and training developments and user activities associated with Army UAS. TCM-UAS coordinates work on doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities integration in support of the Army's UAS to ensure success throughout the operational environment.
TCM-UAS executes its mission by coordinating DOTMLPF development to ensure these key areas remain integrated and support operational requirements. Integrate all unmanned aircraft system of systems components to include: unmanned aircraft, mission equipment, payloads, communication architectures, display and control elements, the human element, and life cycle logistics.
The UAS Roadmap outlines how the U.S. Army will develop, organize and employ UAS from 2010 to 2035 across the full spectrum of military operations. The Army continues to capitalize on UAS capabilities and implement emerging technologies so that the Warfighter can conduct missions more effectively and with less risk.
The Army's experiences in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom prove that UAS significantly augment mission accomplishment by reducing Soldiers' workload and their exposure to direct enemy contact. UAS serve as unique tools for the commander, which broaden battlefield situational awareness and the ability to see, target and destroy the enemy by providing actionable intelligence to the lowest tactical levels.
Unmanned platforms are the emerging lethal and non-lethal weapons of choice that will continue to transform how the Army prosecutes future operations and ultimately save lives. The idea that UAS are "unmanned" is a misnomer because the Soldier is the backbone of the Army's UAS strategy. The Army UAS Roadmap is strictly a conceptual document and is not proscriptive guidance on programmatic decisions. It is not intended to be directive in nature but more specifically used as a strategic communication tool, which establishes a broad left and right limit, for future UAS development in terms of capability and employment. The concepts outlined within the UAS Roadmap are not tied to specific resourcing, personnel, or program initiatives and should not be used to drive requirements. The major ideas outlined within the Roadmap will need to be validated through experimentation, evaluation, implementation, and final assessment. The Roadmap will be reviewed every two years in order remain relevant with respect to operational needs, lessons learned, and emerging capabilities.
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